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    #1

    what is....? what ... is?

    Hi

    I really do not know what is so strange about it. Is it a good sentence?

    Maybe it should be: I really do not know what so strange about it is.

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    #2

    Re: what is....? what ... is?

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post

    I really do not know what is so strange about it. Is it a good sentence?
    It is perfect.

    I think what (meaning: the thing) is the subject of the copula (linking verb) is: therefore so strange is the complement (describing the unspecified subject) and should (at least on this occasion) follow the verb; it would be incorrect for is to be placed at the end.

    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: what is....? what ... is?

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post

    I think what (meaning: the thing) is the subject of the copula (linking verb) is: therefore so strange is the complement (describing the unspecified subject) and should (at least on this occasion) follow the verb; it would be incorrect for is to be placed at the end.

    I am not a teacher.
    I'm not quite sure I get it.

    Since this is not a question, but a declarative sentence I thought that it would be OK to put "is" at the end although it sounds strange to me.

    The construction "what is...." still sounds like a question.

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    #4

    Re: what is....? what ... is?

    I can appreciate your concern, but it is perfectly fine as a non-question construction.

    Maybe this page will allay your concerns:

    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

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