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    Xerosis is a technical medical term "for what" most people refer to as dry skin.

    Xerosis is a technical medical term for what most people refer to as dry skin.

    This was a grammar question and I chose a wrong option : 'for which' instead of 'for what'.
    Could you please explain why the answer is so?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Xerosis is a technical medical term "for what" most people refer to as dry skin.

    'What' here means 'that which'. It often does.

    "I know what I know." = "I know that which I know."

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    Re: Xerosis is a technical medical term "for what" most people refer to as dry skin.

    Sorry I don't understand your explanation.. plus I thought 'that' and 'which' can't be used together.

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    Re: Xerosis is a technical medical term "for what" most people refer to as dry skin.

    • what pronoun (THAT WHICH)


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    the thing(s) that; that which:What I ​wanted to ​find out first was how ​long it was going to take.What really ​concerned her was how ​unhappy the ​child was.She wouldn't ​tell me what he said.I didn't have much ​money on me but I gave them what I had.The ​lettershowedclearly what they were ​planning.I can't ​decide what to do next.Have you ​thought about what tosend as a ​present?

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