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Reply to "what + infinitive"

Robby zhu posted:

May I ask if it is CGEL  (by Huddleston) that you follow/refer to?

I did not consult a grammar book to provide you with the answer above. I simply analyzed the matter. My thinking about free relative clauses has, however, been greatly influenced a 1978 article written by Joan Bresnan and Jane Grimshaw called "The Syntax of Free Relatives in English" (available here).

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