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I read that 'as to' is an awkward construction that should be avoided in writing and replaced with 'about' or should require the sentence to be re-written.

Which is the best version and why?

a) There is no confusion as to what is the antecedent of the relative clause.

b) There is no confusion about what is the antecedent of the relative clause.

c) There is no confusion about what the antecedent of the relative clause is.

Which is the best version and why?

1) There is no confusion as to whether the sentence should be re-written or not.

2) There is no confusion about whether the sentence should be re-written or not.

Thanks
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English 1b3So you are saying Martin could be wrong, or CB could be? I must admit, CB's rewite with the verb at the end sounds less strained, more commonplace, to my deceiving ears, anyway.
There are things where no one is right or wrong. There are different opinions about correctness, and all languages change continuously. There was a time when it was grossly wrong to say: Do you speak English?

In this particular case I have only myself to blame. I do prefer placing is at the end as I said earlier, but I don't really consider the other version incorrect even though I may have said so. I remember writing about this about two years ago and even then I said that placing is in the "wrong" place was so common that it was all right to accept it.

In indirect questions the finite verb in all Germanic languages normally follows the subject:

Direct: What is his phone number?
Indirect: I don't know what his phone number is.

Especially when the subject is long and the verb is short, like is is, and there is what or who or perhaps a similar interrogative word at the beginning of the indirect question, it is very common not to observe this rule about word order.

I have dealt with various types of indirect questions before. If you are interested, you can read about my opinions indirect question

CB
English 1b3I admit that I know next to nothing about English. My writing is poor; my grammar is no better.
Sorry. Not believable. I don't buy it.
English 1b3I sometimes question the answers I am provided, not because I question the responder's credibility, nor the answers given, but rather because I feel this is the best way for me to learn why the answers given are correct.
Fair enough.

CJ
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Cool BreezeThere are things where ...
Good post, Cool Breeze!

CJ
CalifJimSorry. Not believable. I don't buy it

You don't buy what? That I admit/think that? Why else would I spend my days on here, asking you and others for constant help in order to improve?
CalifJim
Cool BreezeThere are things where ...
Good post, Cool Breeze!

Thanks, Jim! [Y] Emotion: pizzaEmotion: beer Have some pizza. (I hope you have Italian ancestors. I think pizza is the only food they have...)

CB
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English 1b3You don't buy what?
Your grammar and your writing are better than you claim. You are more than just competent at grammar and writing. Don't put yourself down. Your time spent here is spent merely refining your knowledge on rather advanced topics in grammar. You have obviously mastered the basics.

CJ
Cool BreezeI hope you have Italian ancestors.
I'm told that I do, though my heritage is a bit mixed -- not to say "mixed up". I think the Italian part was so far northwest that it was practically French. And then there's so much of that possibly Irish and English stuff going on back in history that who knows? Hee! I get to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and Columbus Day. I think a lot of us Americans are a sort of ethnic hodge-podge!

And Americans have better pizza than Italians anyway -- to judge by some pizza I had in Pisa some years back. But I admit you can't beat the lasagne from Tuscany.

Jim
CalifJim
English 1b3You don't buy what?
Your grammar and your writing are better than you claim. You are more than just competent at grammar and writing. Don't put yourself down. Your time spent here is spent merely refining your knowledge on rather advanced topics in grammar. You have obviously mastered the basics.


Thank you. I guess I'm just comparing myself to the other forum members such as yourself. I suppose at least I'm taking steps in the right direction participating on here.
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