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1. Our friendship is weak, and no more than would be expected for people of our backgrounds.

2.Our friendship is weak, and no more than what would be expected for people of our backgrounds.

Are both correct? Why?

Also, which is better out of these two?

a. The house should have a deck on both sides of the house, whether small or not.

b. The house should have a deck on both sides of the house, whether the deck is small or not.

Thank you
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Hi,

1. Our friendship is weak, and no more than would be expected for people of our backgrounds.

2.Our friendship is weak, and no more than what would be expected for people of our backgrounds.

It sounds rather odd to me to describe a friendship as 'weak.

Are both correct? Yes.

Why? They are just shortened forms of

Our friendship is weak, and no more than the friendship that would be expected for people of our backgrounds.

Also, which is better out of these two?

a. The house should have a deck on both sides of the house, whether small or not.

b. The house should have a deck on both sides of the house, whether the deck is small or not.

Only in B does the size comment clearly refer to the deck.

I don't know if you care, but A and B are both unnatural sentences.

Best wishes, Clive

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Hi, Clive. Thank you for your response.
CliveThey are just shortened forms of

One has the subject in the form of a fused relative 'what.' The other has left it out--has the subject been ellipted just because that's how we say this?
CliveI don't know if you care, but A and B are both unnatural sentences.
How should I write it? I don't understand why they are unnatural.

Thanks
Hi,

One has the subject in the form of a fused relative 'what.' The other has left it out--has the subject been ellipted just because that's how we say this? That would be my guess.


Clive

“I don't know if you care, but A and B are both unnatural sentences.

a. The house should have a deck on both sides of the house, whether small or not.

b. The house should have a deck on both sides of the house, whether the deck is small or not.

How should I write it?

I suggest The house should have a deck on both sides (of it). The size doesn't matter.

I don't understand why they are unnatural. The repetiton of the words 'house' and 'deck' is unnatural. The use of pronouns, or more extensive rewording, would help avoid that.

The phrase 'whether small or not' just sounds awkward, and just doesn't seem to add a lot of meaning.

Clive
Thank you, Clive.
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