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    What: the thing(s) that/which

    "What" does not refer to a noun that comes before it. It acts as noun + relative pronoun together, and means 'the thing(s) which/that . (Michael Swan)

    I. What she said made me angry.
    II. This is exactly what I wanted.

    1. What does " noun + relative pronoun together" in the above mean?
    2. "What" means "the thing(s) which/that " . Could anybody explain the meaning of "the thing(s) which/that " to me, please? I find it difficult to explain to children?

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    Re: What: the thing(s) that/which

    Could anybody help, please?

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    Re: What: the thing(s) that/which

    She said something.
    The thing (noun) that (relative pronoun) she said made me angry.
    What
    (= the thing that) she said made me angry.

    She did some things that made me angry.
    The things that she did made me angry.
    What she did
    (= the things that) made me angry.

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