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    what was then Burma

    Our next stop and primary destination, the ancient city of Bagan, likely looks much as it did in the days when British author George Orwell worked for the Indian Imperial Police in what was then Burma.

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    Hello, everyone.

    What is the grammar of this sentence "...in what was then Burma"?

    why is "...in what was then Burma" not a question?

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    Last edited by kadioguy; 23-May-2017 at 16:10.
    I am not a teacher. If there is anything ungrammatical in my post, please correct it. I am grateful for your help.

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    Re: what was then Burma

    It isn't a question because in this instance, "what" means "the place which". You could rephrase the last bit as "...in the place which was, at that time, Burma."
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    Re: what was then Burma

    At the time George Orwell was there, it was called Burma. Now it's called Myanmar.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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