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    #1

    what and whatever

    1) What he said makes me angry.
    ( what he said) noun clause = subject
    makes = verb

    2 ) whatever books are on the table belong/belongs to me.

    in this sentence, what is the subject? is it the noun clause ( whatever books are on the table ) is the subject? or just ( whatever book) is the subject? should use " belong" or " belongs"?

    3) what books are on the table belong/belongs to me.

    the same question like #2.

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    Re: what and whatever

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    Quote Originally Posted by napoleonponapa View Post
    3) What books are on the table belong/belongs to me.

    the same question like #2.

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    I fail to see how this is a correct sentence, unless of course I'm not thinking straight at this late hour. I would have said instead, 'The books (that are) on the table belong to me'. Here I have used the plural form of the verb "(to) belong".

    Let's wait for teachers/native speakers to respond.

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    Re: what and whatever

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    1. I think "whatever books are on the table" is the subject in this whole sentence, and "whaetver books" can be the sub-subject of the subject clause, so "belong" to match the plural form of "books" makes sense.

    whatever books are on the table belong/belongs to me

    2.I might be wrong, but I think 3's "what" has the meaning of "all the books" or "whatever books" as in the following definition 19.

    .................................................. ......
    adjective
    18. (used interrogatively before nouns): What news? What clothes shall I pack?

    19. whatever: Take what supplies you need.

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