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    Default relative pronoun VS relative adverb

    Dear teachers,

    To which category these underlined words belong?
    Which category these underlined words belong to?
    (which stce is best?)

    a) I don't know what to do.
    b) I don't know how to do it.
    c) I don't know who that man is.

    Many thanks,
    Hela

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    I'd say a&c are pronouns and b might be debated as to whether it is an adverb or a conjunction. I'd o for the latter.

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    For b)
    There's 1 clear sentence (without any combination of sub-sentences). "How" here does not connect any sentences, so it is adverb.

    (compare:
    She described to me how he ran up to her and grabbed her handbag.
    Here the first sub-sentence is She described to me. Second one is he ran up to her and grabbed her handbag

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