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archls
 
Reply Mon 28 Jul, 2014 06:47 pm
I watched TED which is about slime mold' primitive intelligence. And I could not understand below sentence.

I was quite impressed by this feat, at how what was essentially just a bag of cellular slime could somehow map its territory, know itself, and move with seeming intention.

In this sentence, "how" was used as a noun? And could "how" be put with "what"?? please explain this text.

thanks.
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Lustig Andrei
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Reply Mon 28 Jul, 2014 09:55 pm
@archls,
It's an awkwardly phrased sentence, I agree. The thing to understand is that the phrase what was essentially just a bag of cellular slime is, in effect, a noun phrase. All the extra words just modify the word "slime." If it was re-written as


I was quite impressed by this feat,by how a bag of cellular slime could somehow map its territory, know itself, and move with seeming intention.

would that make more sense to you?
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Reply Tue 29 Jul, 2014 08:21 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
Thanks, Andrei. It's very helpful for me.
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2014 05:54 am
@archls,

Nothing more to say here. Andrew has dealt admirably with this. Smile
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