Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. Lordblizzard's Avatar
    Newbie
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • French
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Aug 2016
    • Posts: 7
    #1

    "We are replacing one amazing great judge with [what]we hope will be half as good

    I heard the following sentence on a news channel.

    "We are replacing one amazing great judge with what we hope will be half as good a judge"

    My question is :

    why "what" ? . We are talking about a person here .Shouldn't it be "who" ?
    Last edited by Lordblizzard; 16-Apr-2017 at 23:37.

  2. probus's Avatar
    Key Member
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 3,745
    #2

    Re: "We are replacing one amazing great judge with [what]we hope will be half as good

    Quote Originally Posted by Lordblizzard View Post
    I heard the following sentence on a news channel.

    "We are replacing one amazing great judge with what we hope will be half as good a judge"

    My question is :

    why "what" ? . We are talking about a person here .Shouldn't it be "who" ?
    I don't think it should be "who" but it would increase clarity if "what" was replaced by "a person who."

  3. VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2015
    • Posts: 12,347
    #3

    Re: "We are replacing one amazing great judge with [what]we hope will be half as good

    Who is not possible there.
    I am not a teacher.

  4. Senior Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Mar 2016
    • Posts: 775
    #4

    Re: "We are replacing one amazing great judge with [what]we hope will be half as good

    I would use "one" or "someone" instead of "what".
    Translator, editor and TESOL certificate holder, but not a teacher. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Feb-2017, 10:44
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 19-Jun-2015, 23:06
  3. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 19-Apr-2015, 15:10
  4. half-sitting/half-seated/half-lying/half-lied
    By milan2003_07 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 16-Aug-2012, 21:21

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •