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    `What I`

    I`m an Enlish Teacher at a High School in Japan and I wanted some help in explaining this sentence.

    I will write about my enjoy doing.

    This is what my students keep writing, I have corrected it many times and tried to explain to them that it should be `I will write about what I enjoy doing.` However, they still seem to not understand and I was wondering if you could suggest a way in explaining the grammar point here easily so they can understand it.

    I appriciate any help you can give me

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    Re: `What I`

    You could tell them that my takes a noun phrase, not a verb phrase:
    I will write about my hobbies. <noun>

    and that about, a preposition, also takes a nominal:
    I will write about hobbies.
    and that those nominals can be modified:
    I will write about hobbies that I enjoy.
    I will write about the things that I enjoy.

    You could also tell them that enjoy doing, a verb phrase, takes a subject:
    I will write about hobbies that I enjoy doing <subject>
    I will write about what I enjoy doing.

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    Re: `What I`

    I like those explanations

    Alternatively, you could break it down:

    I will write about something. + The 'something' that I will write about is this: the things that I enjoy doing => I will write about what I enjoy doing. QED (That's Latin for Bingo!)

    Alternatively you could just go with the flow. If they're going to say 'I'm going to write about my...' whatever you say, teach them the word 'favourite' - you'll be in trouble though if they say 'my favourite doings'.

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    Re: `What I`

    That sounds really good, thanks for your help.

    I'll be trying that today in my classes. They have mid-term exam in 2 weeks and I hope non of them make this mistake again!

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