Thursday, December 09, 2004

The "what-the-f***" test

Here's a Syntax lesson for you all. According to my professor:

In order to determine the difference between a relative clause and an Indirect Interrogative Clause, simply substitute "what the f***".

Example 1:
"I don't know what you cooked" vs. "I don't know what the f*** you cooked"
In this sentence, the what the f*** substitution worked, and it is an Indirect Interrogative.

Example 2:
"I don't eat what you cooked" vs. "I don't eat what the f*** you cooked."
While it is still fun to try, the what the f*** substitution does not work here, and it is thus a relative clause.

*Lesson complete*

1 Comments:

At 9:49 AM, Blogger yayaempress said...

Well, at least you'll always remember that rule!

 

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