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OVERVIEW OF PRONOUN WHAT.

1a. — used to ask for information about someone or something. ▪ What is your name? ▪ What are those things on the table? ▪ What’s your family like? ▪ What happened? ▪ What [meaning, how much] does it cost? ▪ “What did she say?” “She said yes.” ▪ What do you think of my idea? ▪ What do you want to do tonight? ▪ “Dad!” “What (do you want)?” “You have a phone call.” ▪ What (on earth) are you doing?! ▪ I finished dusting. Now what (should I do)? ▪ What (should I do) next? ▪ What else did he say? ▪ You have money, fame, and a beautiful family. What more could you want?

1b. — used to describe a questionPlease ask them what they want for dinner. ▪ They asked her what she knew about him. ▪ I wonder what his motives were.

2a. — used to ask someone to say something again because you have not clearly heard or understood it ▪ What did you say? meaning, (informal) What? — often used to show surprise about the thing that someone has just said ▪ “And then I said that he could go to hell.” “You said what?!” ▪ She did what?! ▪ What? I don’t believe it. You must be joking!

2b. informal — used to express surprise, excitement, etc. ▪ What, no breakfast? ▪ “Have you heard? They won!” “What!? That’s great!”

OVERVIEW OF ADJECTIVE WHAT.

1. — used to ask someone to indicate the identity or nature of someone or something ▪ What fool told you that? ▪ What book did you read? ▪ What news have you heard from him? ▪ In what way are these two stories the same? ▪ We won the war, but at what price? [meaning, did we lose or give up too much in order to win the war?]

2. — used to say that someone or something is remarkable for having good or bad qualities ▪ What a good idea! ▪ What mountains! ▪ Remember what fun we had? ▪ What a horrible movie! ▪ What a beautiful child.

3. — used to refer to an amount that someone has, uses, etc.. ▪ She gave what money she had [meaning, she gave all the money she had] to the homeless man. ▪ Give what excuses you willit makes no difference. [meaning, no excuses that you may give will make any difference] ▪ He soon gambled away what (little) money he had left. ▪ We spent what (little) time remained chatting.

OVERVIEW OF ADVERB WHAT.

1. in what way.
▪ What [meaning, how] does it matter? ▪ What does she care? [meaning, why is it important to her?]


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