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    IS "what" necessary?

    I found this sentence: "I am pissed off like you wouldn't believe."

    I know what this sentence means. But I wonders if a "what" is necessary after "like". I think putting a "what" is grammatically correct like this sentence: "I know what you did last last"

    Please explain this.

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    Re: IS "what" necessary?

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    "...But I wonders... "
    I'm not very sure but the sentence seems okay to me.
    Putting a "what" would sound strange to me.

    P.S. It's: "I know what you did last year."

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    Re: IS "what" necessary?

    Please explain grammatically why it is like that.

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    Re: IS "what" necessary?

    Not a teacher but a native speaker.

    The sentence sounds fine to me as it is, putting a what in there just confuses me. I wouldn't add a 'what' in there, its fine as it is, just someone expressing how frustrated/angry they are.


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    Re: IS "what" necessary?

    No, what is not necessary in that particular sentence.

    "What" is a question word and when it is used in a noun clause, it replaces either the subject or the object of the verb:

    I know what you did last year. (what is the object of the verb "did")
    I know what is wrong. (What stands as the subject of the clause.)

    This being said, what will serve no purpose in the sentence "I'm pissed off like you wouldn't believe" as it basically means (to me) that you wouldn't believe how pissed off I am or I was so annoyed / disappointed / unhappy.

    As there's the object [of the verb believe] already, there's no need to use what.

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    Re: IS "what" necessary?

    What would be wrong there and not just unnecessary.

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