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    Question What?

    Hello teachers!

    Would do you have a look at this ...


    What
    annoys me too much is that he always mocks at other people.

    My question
    Is "
    what" here considered a predeterminer, determiner, a pronoun or what?

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    Re: What?

    What annoys me too much is that he always mocks at other people.

    "What annoys me too much" is a noun clause as the subject of the original sentence, and "what" in "what annoys me too much" functions as the subject of noun clause. Thus, "what" is a pronoun, at least to me.

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    Re: What?

    Thanks a million

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    Re: What?

    Look at these two examples, can you see any difference?:

    a) What makes you happy?
    b) What do you want to make you happy?

    a) What is the subject of the sentence
    b) what is the direct object of the sentence

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    Re: What?

    (NOT a teacher)"WHAT really annoys me is (that) he always mocks other people." Some books call "what" as used in your sentence a n indefinite relative pronoun. These books explain that your sentence = That (which really annoys me) is (that) he always mocks me.

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