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    too confused!!!!!

    What he had said that was so funny?
    What that was so funny had he said?
    What that he had said was so funny?
    What was so funny that he had said?
    What had he said that was so funny?

    Which of the above sentences is grammartically wrong? And do the sentences above have the same meaning?

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    #2

    Re: too confused!!!!!

    Hi Sykim
    Welcome to the forum


    The following are correct (4 AND 5)

    4.What was so funny that he had said?
    5.What had he said that was so funny?

    THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE IN MEANING BETWEEN THEM. THEY ARE GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT.

    TO FORM A QUESTION , WE SHOULD MAKE AN INVERSION LIKE THE ABOVE; THE WH-QUETION SHOULD BE FOLLWED BY THE HELPING VERB (THE AUXILARY).

    THE FIRST THREE ARE NOT QUETION IN THEIR FORM.
    IN ANSWERING SUCH QUETION YOU SHOUD BEGIN WITH EITHER ONE OF THEM:

    What he had said that was so funny WAS ................................
    What that was so funny had he said WAS ................................
    What that he had said was so funny WAS ................................ (Maybe this is grammatically wrong.
    It could be neither a question nor a statement.)




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    Re: too confused!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    Hi Sykim
    Welcome to the forum


    The following are correct (4 AND 5)

    4.What was so funny that he had said?
    5.What had he said that was so funny?

    THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE IN MEANING BETWEEN THEM. THEY ARE GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT.

    TO FORM A QUESTION , WE SHOULD MAKE AN INVERSION LIKE THE ABOVE; THE WH-QUETION SHOULD BE FOLLWED BY THE HELPING VERB (THE AUXILARY).

    THE FIRST THREE ARE NOT QUETION IN THEIR FORM.
    IN ANSWERING SUCH QUETION YOU SHOUD BEGIN WITH EITHER ONE OF THEM:

    What he had said that was so funny WAS ................................
    What that was so funny had he said WAS ................................
    What that he had said was so funny WAS ................................ (Maybe this is grammatically wrong.
    It could be neither a question nor a statement.)




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    I can not thank you enough.
    But still confused..
    I don't mean to insult you
    But,I want to hear an English native speaker's opinion because English is a foregin langugage in my country.


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    #4

    Re: too confused!!!!!

    Only the last two are actually grammatically correct. More commonly one might ask: "What did he say that was so funny?"

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    Re: too confused!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by sykim99 View Post
    What he had said that was so funny?
    What that was so funny had he said?
    What that he had said was so funny?
    What was so funny that he had said?
    What had he said that was so funny?

    Which of the above sentences is grammartically wrong? And do the sentences above have the same meaning?
    Only the last is possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sykim99 View Post
    What he had said that was so funny?
    What that was so funny had he said?
    What that he had said was so funny?
    What was so funny that he had said?
    What had he said that was so funny?

    Which of the above sentences is grammartically wrong? And do the sentences above have the same meaning?
    Only the last one is correct.

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    Mr bhaisahab

    Is "What was so funny that he had said?" not correct?
    I think it may be correct.

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    I retract my earlier judgment: #4 actually is structurally possible, but I would avoid it as an unnatural/semantically confusing sentence on account of the infelicitous combination of 'so' and 'that'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    I retract my earlier judgment: #4 actually is structurally possible, but I would avoid it as an unnatural/semantically confusing sentence on account of the infelicitous combination of 'so' and 'that'.
    I don't find anything unnatural or semantically confusing about #4.

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    Re: too confused!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I don't find anything unnatural or semantically confusing about #4.
    And yet, like me, you initially rejected it as incorrect (24-Jun-2009 11:22).
    Clearly there was something about it that you didn't like!

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