How clause

Hi all,

I have been learning the how clause use and trying to understand it in the extent meaning in the following examples:

**extent ** [noun] how large, important, serious, etc. something is

  • It is difficult to assess the full extent of the damage.
    (It is difficult to assess fully how large the damage is)

  • She was exaggerating the true extent of the problem.
    (She was exaggerating truly (not truely) how important/serious the problem is)

  • I was amazed at the extent of his knowledge.
    (I was amazed at how great his knowledge is)

As what you can see in the brackets are my understanding of the meaning of extent in the examples. For the adjectives, full and true, that I converted them into the adverbs, fully and truly.

Are the bracket sentences correct?

Best Answer

  • DavidCrosbieDavidCrosbie ✭✭✭
    Accepted Answer

    You could start by substituting how extensive.
    Yes, full and true will need to become fully and truly — but not in the MAIN CLAUSE.

    • It is difficult to assess how fully extensive the damage is. (or was)
    • She was exaggerating how extensive the problem truly is. or She was exaggerating how truly extensive the problem is. (or was)
    • I was amazed at the how extensive his knowledge is. (or was)

    Then if you wish, you can choose synonyms to substitute for extensive.


  • DavidCrosbieDavidCrosbie ✭✭✭

    @lb_c119, I think you've missed the sense of 'widespread' in all three sentences.

    And I think truly in the second sentence belongs in a different clause;

    She was exaggerating how far-reaching the problem truly is.

  • Hi Mr. @DavidCrosbie,

    As you said that I have failed to understand, extensively, the meanings of the three sentences. What should I do?

  • Hi Mr. @DavidCrosbie,

    I searched the word extensive that I see it can be used to replace the words, large, important, serious etc. But I wonder about why did you not use the words? or When will we can use them?

  • DavidCrosbieDavidCrosbie ✭✭✭

    None of those words sound right to me. I could use wide-ranging.

  • Thank you very much, Mr. @DavidCrosbie!!!

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