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    Viktor Sorokin is offline Junior Member
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    Default What money they had managed to save

    They had no food, no blankets, no weapons save for the standard long knives all Valemen wore, no camping gear or foul-weather equipment, and worst of all, no money. The ale house keeper hadn't paid them in a month. What money they had managed to save from the month before had been lost in the fire along with everything else they owned. They had only the clothes on their backs and a growing fear that perhaps they should have stuck with the nameless stranger a bit longer.
    The Scions of Shannara by Terry Brooks

    I can't understand what meaning "what" has in the sentence. It seems to me that this "what" could be omitted and the sentence would look fine. I'm puzzled
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    Default Re: What money they had managed to save

    Oh, I think I have found something similar in a Russian dictionary:

    give me what books you have
    what little he did say was always well said
    he will give what help he can

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    Default Re: What money they had managed to save

    In this use, "what" is an adjective modifying "money". Synonyms would be "whatever" or "any". It refers to a sum of money that they had lost.

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