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"But what I find that is (1)truly and beautifully magic is(2) these people, friends of mine, who are now happy, friendly, warm and optimistic people."
I am stupid I cannot understand the functions of is(1.2).thank for your instuction.
"But what I find to be truly and beautifully magic is that these people, friends of mine,
whoare now happy friendly, warm and optimistic people."
Where are you getting these sentences? They seem to be quite difficult and possibly not native-written. In that case, you shouldn't feel stupid not understanding them.
********** NOT A TEACHER **********
(1) I really liked your sentence because it was very difficult, and I could
not quickly understand it.
(2) Yesterday I searched my books, and I think that I have a correct
explanation (I hope so).
(3) I found a similar use of "what" in one of my grammar books:
What they admired that they copied.
I think the book says that "that they copied" explains the word "what."
Therefore, I think that your sentence is something like:
I find what that IS magic ("that is magic" describes "what")
these people... .
(a) "That" = the subject of the first IS.
(b) "What I find that is magic" = the subject of the second IS.
***** Thank you for your question.
***** P. S. My book says that the use of "what" is used only
"occasionally" in this way. But it is a beautiful sentence, isn't it!!!
(1) Thank you for your note.
(2) I am so glad that you keep asking until you understand something.
(3) I am guessing that you may be planning to teach English. So
you want to understand English really well. Then you can answer
your students with 100% confidence. That's great!!!
(3) I agree with you: "What you said that I thought of" is
not a well-formed sentence. In fact, I do not think that it even
qualifies as a "sentence." Maybe we would have to change it to:
(a) What you said is something that I thought of.
(b) It was what you said that I thought of.
By the way, it is NOT important, but I feel that you want to know:
"Your example is another pair of shoes" is not, as far as I know,
an idiom in American English. Am I right to think that you wish to say
that my example is something entirely different? If so, I think there is an
idiom "that is a horse of a different/ of another color."
Last edited by TheParser; 09-Jul-2010 at 15:09.