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Let's say Youtube videos always have a "clickbait" modus, that is, they have catchy title, BUT when click them, they are fake. it goes like this:

Youtube videos always have a catchy title, but when you click them, not as WHAT I thought it would be (fake)

Or

Youtube videos always have a catchy title, but when you click them, not as I thought it would be (fake)

Which is correct here really? They both kinda ok to me with not much of a difference.

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Proposed alternative:

Youtube videos always have a catchy title, but when you click them, they are often not what you expected them to be.

  • "videos" is plural. "it" is singular. This is a mismatch. Change "it" to "they" or "them".
  • If "you" click, then it's about what "you" thought. Stay consistent. Don't switch back and forth from "you" to "I".
  • A sentence needs a subject and a verb. Sometimes, even a clause within a sentence needs a subject and a verb, as seems to be the case here, so add "they are".
  • (fake) is just appended there... Omit it. Or, put a sentence instead: "In fact, they are totally fake."

Next, should it be "what" or "as".

  1. not what you expected

or

  1. not as you expected

or

  1. not what you thought

or

  1. not as you thought

Any of those will work.

However, "what" seems a bit more solid of a choice than "as". Especially in case #4, in my personal opinion, where it seems a bit less than optimal.

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  • Oh man, I can't thank you enough. Are expected and thought the same here in this context? I've noticed you also changed that.
    – John Arvin
    Dec 14, 2018 at 9:26
  • @JohnArvin In this context, they are similar words. You may consider using "expect" instead. "thought" is still alright.
    – Sam
    Dec 14, 2018 at 19:02

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