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    Verb / Sentence pattern with 'deserve'

    Someone recently asked me about the sentence pattern for 'deserve' as in the sentence 'It's what you deserve.' The closest I could explain was that it was similar to the VERB+wh-CLAUSE. Could anybody clarify this?
    Many thanks in advance.

    Stephen.

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    Re: Verb / Sentence pattern with 'deserve'

    The structure is as follows:

    It (subject) is (verb) what (relative pronoun) you deserve.

    Relative what is equivalent to that which or the thing which, even something that:

    It/Losing your job is what you deserve.
    Ex: ... is something that you deserve.
    Ex: ... is the thing which you deserve.
    Ex: ... is that which you deserve.


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    Re: Verb / Sentence pattern with 'deserve'

    SoupRe: Verb / Sentence pattern with 'deserve'
    The structure is as follows:
    It (subject) is (verb) what (relative pronoun) you deserve.
    Relative what is equivalent to that which or the thing which, even something that:

    It/Losing your job is what you deserve.
    Ex: ... is something that you deserve.
    Ex: ... is the thing which you deserve.
    Ex: ... is that which you deserve.


    Can I replace "deserve" with "deserved" in all of your examples? Please.


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    Thanks for your input Soup.

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    Re: Verb / Sentence pattern with 'deserve'

    Puzzle, yes.

    Stephen, you're most welcome.

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    So, there is no difference between "deserve" and "deserved" in these cases? Please.

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    Right.

    Non-past: It is what you deserve.
    Past: It is what you deserved.


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