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  1. enydia's Avatar

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    please help me analyze this sentence

    Hi, Teachers.

    I have some questions about the following sentence:
    Anyone who has toiled through SAT will testify that test-taking skill also matters, whether it's knowing when to guess or what questions to skip.
    I think the meaning of this sentence is clear, but is it grammatical?
    What's the relationship between the two clauses? Why the writer used 'knowing' but not 'known'?

    Thank you in advance.

    Enydia *^_^*

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    Re: please help me analyze this sentence

    Knowing = having the knowledge

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    Re: please help me analyze this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Knowing = having the knowledge
    Thank you, Teacher Tdol.

    But I still think the sentence is odd.

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    Re: please help me analyze this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Thank you, Teacher Tdol.

    But I still think the sentence is odd.
    No, it's not odd.
    Anyone who has toiled through SAT will testify that test-taking skill also matters, whether it's knowing when to guess or what questions to skip.

    Let's simplify it. I'll remove the first relative clause, and a few extraneous bits. (You'll tell me if I've removed anything interesting)
    Anyone will testify that test-taking skill matters, whether it's knowing when to guess ...
    Test-taking skill matters, whether it's knowing when to guess ...
    "whether it's knowing" means "whether that skill is knowing when to guess ..." Does that make sense to you?

    How about: "I hate farming, whether it's milking cows or harvesting corn."

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