Why I did, what I did

Is this sentence grammatically correct?

And can it be used in a situation where If a task can be done in multiple ways and someone has to explain "Why they did, what they did"

(While writing this, I've got a feeling that it seems wrong but this sounds interesting way to explain, if it is grammatically correct)

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Why I did what I did is not a sentence. It is just a clause.

It cannot stand meaningfully by itself.

To turn it into a sentence you have to add something to it, such as:

This is why I did what I did.


She asked me why I did what I did.

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    "Why, I did what I did!" is a perfectly acceptable sentence. So, it's not just changing the words that can make it meaningful, it's also, as in this case, changing how the same words are presented. Commented Aug 15, 2018 at 16:46
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    @JasonBassford +1 I hate how that works. Since it makes it so hard to actually decide if a written sentence without context (and possibly imperfect punctuation) is grammatical.
    – DRF
    Commented Aug 15, 2018 at 16:54
  • @DRF A written (or spoken) sentence without context is not English: it is merely a conundrum. Commented Aug 15, 2018 at 19:12

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