1. ## what or as

Dear teachers,

I have one question to ask:

Twelve is to three____four is to one.

a. what b. as

I think the key should be "a". Is that right?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Jiang

2. ## Re: what or as

"as", conjunction, in the way that.

3. ## Re: what or as

Could you please explain the difference between the following sentence and the sentence under discussion?

1. Engines are to machines what hearts are to animals.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Jiang
Originally Posted by Casiopea
"as", conjunction, in the way that.

4. ## Re: what or as

Interesting. The more I compare the two, the more natural "what" sounds and the more unnatural the conjunction "as" sounds. But, and here's the problem I can't seem to find a viable solution for, can "what" function as a conjunction? On second thought, appearances can be deceiving. Is it even functioning as a conjunction? Consider,

1a. What hearts are to animals is what engines are to machines.

My take is based on the analogic(al) equation, A is to B as X is to Y. Looking forward to hearing what others have to add.

5. ## Re: what or as

Dear Cas,

As far as I know the "what' in my sentence is a relative pronoun.

Jiang
Originally Posted by Casiopea
Interesting. The more I compare the two, the more natural "what" sounds and the more unnatural the conjunction "as" sounds. But, and here's the problem I can't seem to find a viable solution for, can "what" function as a conjunction? On second thought, appearances can be deceiving. Is it even functioning as a conjunction? Consider,

1a. What hearts are to animals is what engines are to machines.

My take is based on the analogic(al) equation, A is to B as X is to Y. Looking forward to hearing what others have to add.

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Would it be a compound relative?

7. ## Re: what or as

I have no idea.

Jiang
Originally Posted by Casiopea
Would it be a compound relative?

8. ## Re: what or as

All is not lost. I've asked tdol to take a look.

I believe you just might be right, but we should await further confirmation.

I'd like to know its function. Its position has me rather perplexed.

9. ## Re: what or as

Dear Cas,

Thank you so much for offering so much help. OK. As you suggested Let's wait.

Best wishes,

Jiang
Originally Posted by Casiopea
All is not lost. I've asked tdol to take a look.

I believe you just might be right, but we should await further confirmation.

I'd like to know its function. Its position has me rather perplexed.

10. ## Re: what or as

I think you can replace 'what' with 'as' in the sentence about machines, but you can't use 'what' in the original sentence, though probably because we use 'as' in such statements about mathematical relationships, etc, rather than any grammatical reason.

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