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    what you want

    How can you tell between interrogative and relative pronoun in these similar cases? Are they all relative pronoun or the first one, relative pronoun and the second, interrogative? As I know, if what follows questioning verbs such as "curious, ask, know", then it's interrogative, in other cases, relative pronoun.
    What's the standard to differentiate the two in cases like this?

    ex)....Start to imagine what you want.....
    ,,....Try to imagine what the outcome would be of each decision......

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    Re: what you want

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    How can you tell between interrogative and relative pronoun in these similar cases? Are they all relative pronoun or the first one, relative pronoun and the second, interrogative? As I know, if what follows questioning verbs such as "curious, ask, know", then it's interrogative, in other cases, relative pronoun.
    What's the standard to differentiate the two in cases like this?

    ex)....Start to imagine what you want.....
    ,,....Try to imagine what the outcome would be of each decision......
    See my answer here: Nobody knows why these whales sing like troubadours

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    Re: what you want

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    But my grammar book says when what is coupled with "ask, know, curious,,etc", it becomes an interrogative and it also depends on how you translate it.
    With "ask, know, curious", what is translated as actual "what", an interrogative such as "I don't know what he likes"
    while in "I did what he told me to", what is translated as "the thing which".
    This is all I learned so far, doesn't it make sense? If you know the truth, let me know. You've been always super-helpful to me.

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    Re: what you want

    Native speakers seem to perceive "what" as a relative pronoun except for direct questions......

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