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    Question remains what he used to be

    "Although he has become wealthy, Mr. Wood remains what he used to be, modest and friendly."
    Is the underlined part right in grammar? Shouldn't it be "what he used to be like?"

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    Re: remains what he used to be

    It seems better to me without either of the 'what' phrases.

    "Although he has become wealthy, Mr. Wood remains modest and friendly."

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    Re: remains what he used to be

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It seems better to me without either of the 'what' phrases.

    "Although he has become wealthy, Mr. Wood remains modest and friendly."
    How about changing the way of my asking? What aspects does the sentence "what he used to be" refer to? His personality? His job? His status? Or anything else?

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    Re: remains what he used to be

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    How about changing the way of my asking? What aspects does the sentence "what he used to be" refer to? His personality? His job? His status? Or anything else?
    "What he used to be" usually means all the aspects of his personality and status.

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