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What added particular piquancy to that feat was that the goalkeeper was a substitute for the injured first-team goalie.

Is there any words missing in this subject " what added particular piquancy to that feat " ?

What he did is bad ? you see there is " he " But in that sentence there is only the subject pronoun " what " and the verb " added " and " particular piquancy to that feat " ?

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Hi,

What added particular piquancy to that feat was that the goalkeeper was a substitute for the injured first-team goalie.

Is there any words missing in this subject " what added particular piquancy to that feat " ? No. It's a noun clause.

What he did is bad ? you see there is " he " But in that sentence there is only the subject pronoun " what " and the verb " added " and " particular piquancy to that feat " ? Consider a much simpler example in order to see the underlyng structure. What made me wet was the rain.


You could rephrase the original sentence a bit to say The thing that added particular piquancy to that feat was that the goalkeeper was a substitute for the injured first-team goalie.

Sports-writers use vocabulary in their own creative way. 'Piquancy' is not a word you normally expect to read in a sports sentence, although it is OK here.

Best wishes, Clive
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