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    Dear teachers,

    Please read the sentence:

    Whe he returned home, he found everything is his room was ___ it had been the day he left 10 yers ago.

    a. as b. what

    'a' is correct. No problem. 'b' isn't correct because 'He is not what he was 10 years ago'. That means he has changed. If we use 'what' here it means everything itself, say a bed or a table was the same. It hadn't changed into something else. Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: what

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Please read the sentence:

    Whe he returned home, he found everything is his room was ___ it had been the day he left 10 yers ago.

    a. as b. what

    'a' is correct. No problem. 'b' isn't correct because 'He is not what he was 10 years ago'. That means he has changed. If we use 'what' here it means everything itself, say a bed or a table was the same. It hadn't changed into something else. Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    You have "not what" correct. I'm afraid we don't use "what" that way, particularly for furniture.

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    It would be a weird sentence on this planet- maybe there are worlds where chairs turn in bananas, but the average chair will remain a chair for well over a decade.

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    Re: what

    Dear Mike,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.
    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    You have "not what" correct. I'm afraid we don't use "what" that way, particularly for furniture.

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    Dear Tdol,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It would be a weird sentence on this planet- maybe there are worlds where chairs turn in bananas, but the average chair will remain a chair for well over a decade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear Mike,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.
    Jiang
    You're welcome.

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