relative pronoun VS relative adverb

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hela

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Dear teachers,

To which category these underlined words belong?
Which category these underlined words belong to?
(which stce is best?)

a) I don't know what to do.
b) I don't know how to do it.
c) I don't know who that man is.

Many thanks,
Hela
 

Tdol

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I'd say a&c are pronouns and b might be debated as to whether it is an adverb or a conjunction. I'd o for the latter. ;-)
 

Wai_Wai

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For b)
There's 1 clear sentence (without any combination of sub-sentences). "How" here does not connect any sentences, so it is adverb.

(compare:
She described to me how he ran up to her and grabbed her handbag.
Here the first sub-sentence is She described to me. Second one is he ran up to her and grabbed her handbag
 
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