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    #1

    "any topic" or "whichever topic"

    Here presented a test question from China's College Entrance Exam.

    The professor said he could talk on _____ interested the audience.

    A. any topic B. which topic
    C. whichever topic D. the topic he thought it

    1. Answer C is specified as the standard one, why?
    2. According to my knowledge, I would like to adjust this sentence into "The professor said he could talk on any topic interesting the audience." or "The professor said he could talk on any topic which interested the audience." Are my sentences correct?
    Last edited by xxwzs; 30-Dec-2014 at 16:51.

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    #2

    Re: "any topic" or "whichever topic"

    Of the available options the only one possible is C.

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    #3

    Re: "any topic" or "whichever topic"

    I agree that C is correct. Your second example is correct. I find your first sentence to be a bit strange.

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    #4

    Re: "any topic" or "whichever topic"

    Strange, but not incorrect. I would go for the second, which could also use any topic that interested the audience.

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    Re: "any topic" or "whichever topic"

    Quote Originally Posted by xxwzs View Post
    Here presented a test question from China's College Entrance Exam.
    I think this is the sentence MikeNewYork found strange, as do I.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: "any topic" or "whichever topic"

    I thought Mike was referring to "The professor said he could talk on any topic interesting the audience."

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    #7

    Re: "any topic" or "whichever topic"

    Well, I wasn't thrilled with that one either.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 02-Jan-2015 at 08:48. Reason: minor typo

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