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    Question Objectives clause

    Dear Teachers, I was confused by the following sentence. When the helicopter took off with what was to be the last survivor, he watched everything in the world move away from him, and he let that happen. Can I replace the word what into who? Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Objectives clause

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                                                                                                                                                                    When the helicopter took off with the thing which (=what) was to be the last survivor, 
     he watched everything  in the world move away from him, and he let that happen. 
    You may not replace 'what' with 'who'.

    If you have difficulty understanding the meaning of the relative pronoun, what, you could replace it with 'the thing which'.
    In the sentence in question, you may use 'the person who' in place of 'what'.
    I hope it helps you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by driftwood View Post
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                                                                                                                                                                    When the helicopter took off with the thing which (=what) was to be the last survivor, 
     he watched everything  in the world move away from him, and he let that happen. 
    You may not replace 'what' with 'who'.

    If you have difficulty understanding the meaning of the relative pronoun, what, you could replace it with 'the thing which'.
    In the sentence in question, you may use 'the person who' in place of 'what'.
    I hope it helps you.
    But, the last survior is a person, not a thing.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 24-Jun-2013 at 14:48. Reason: Reducing font size. There's no need to shout.

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    Re: Objectives clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Soqhie View Post
    But, the last survivor is a person, not a thing.
    'What' is sometimes used for people. See definition 4 below from Collins Dictionary.


    what determiner
    • used with a noun in requesting further information about the identity or categorization of something: what job does he do?
    • (as pronoun): what is her address?
    • (used in indirect questions): does he know what man did this?, tell me what he said
    • the (person, thing, persons, or things) that: we photographed what people/animals we could see
    • (as pronoun): bring me what you've written, come what may



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    Re: Objectives clause

    I get it. I appreciate your help.

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    Re: Objectives clause

    Thanks a lot.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; Yesterday at 20:48. Reason: Reducing font size. There's no need to shout.
    I appologize for that. This is my first time to ask for help here. I didn't know font size could mean shout and I didn't mean that. I'm a newbie and I find it helpful here. I'm learning to use English properly and post thread here correctly and politely.

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