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    Is this sentence correct?

    To understand the mammoth gesture this is, you have to know Joey's history with this flick.
    For some reason, this sentence just sounds wrong to me. Here's how I would have re-written it:

    To understand what a mammoth gesture this is, you have to know Joey's history with this flick.

    Is the original sentence correct? If so, what grammar topic do I need to look up?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    Here's how I would have re-written it:

    To understand what a mammoth gesture this is, you have to know Joey's history with this flick. This is fine.

    Is the original sentence correct? It is possible.
    If so, what grammar topic do I need to look up? Dropping of relative pronouns: "To understand the mammoth gesture (that) this is, you have to know Joey's history with this flick".
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