I found the following sentence in a news article. Please let me know if this sentence is correct.

Nigel Farage did not accept the people had spoken in 1975.

I think that 'what' should be placed between 'accept' and 'the', but I'm not sure. Please let me know.

Thanks for your help.

  • Yes, there must be a "what" between "accept" and "the", As the sentence makes no sence without it.
    – Fahd Salah
    Apr 9, 2017 at 11:02
  • Putting 'what' between 'accept' and 'the' would mean 'spoken' should be changed to 'said' I'd say it's better to put 'that' between 'accept' and 'the' instead. 'Nigel Farage did not accept 'that' the people had spoken in 1975'
    – MarkTO
    Dec 24, 2018 at 20:22

1 Answer 1


It doesn't necessarily need another word, and adding what would change the meaning. As is it now, it could mean "Farage did not accept the fact that the people had spoken.” Adding what would make it mean "Farage did not accept the things that the people said." It isn't very clearly written, though, and if the author had added another word the meaning would be clearer.

  • I think we'll need a preposition if we add what. "What people had spoken of". Apr 9, 2017 at 13:31

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .