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D00M
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 7:29:02 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

Much of what we now know about cultures of the past we learned by studying pieces of their clay dishes and clay figures.

What is the grammatical form and function of "much" in the above?

The custom of speaking is the original and only just standard of any language. Joseph Priestly- Rudiments of EG, 1761.
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Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 7:41:33 AM
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D00M wrote:
Hello respected teachers,

Much of what we now know about cultures of the past we learned by studying pieces of their clay dishes and clay figures.

What is the grammatical form and function of "much" in the above?


"Much" is a pronoun here, introducing the phrase "Much of what we now know about cultures of the past", which is the direct object of "learned" ("we" is the subject).

Unusually, the object has been placed before the subject and verb in this sentence.
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