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Wh-interrogative + Vb + oo, a-word Vb.

When a WH-interrogative word (beginning with e is followed by a verb + oo, followed by the equivalent a-word plus a verb, the meaning is `A is equal to B' or `B is neither more nor less than A.' It therefore functions as a COMPARATIVE system between two sentences or phrases.



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