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    #1

    what he taught was...

    Are these sentences correct:

    1) What he taught was constructing houses.


    2) What he taught was playing the guitar.

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    Re: what he taught was...

    They are not natural English.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #3

    Re: what he taught was...

    Do you mean grammatically correct?

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    Re: what he taught was...

    Thank you both very much,

    Yes, I mean grammatically correct. But if the sentences are not natural in spite of being grammatically correct, I would like to be told that as well!

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    #5

    Re: what he taught was...

    Yes, they are grammatical. This is grammatical, too:

    'Albino skunks cycle to Mars every other leap year'.

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    #6

    Re: what he taught was...

    They're usually not natural. We often use that form when we correct people. Examples:

    Me: My sister drove a BWM.
    You: No, what she drove was a Porche.

    Me: Dad said that passing tests isn't important.
    You: No. What he said was that honesty is more important.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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