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Experimental results derived from a single subject are, therefore, of limited value; there is no way to know what the subject’s responses are typical or atypical of the response of humans as a group.

I think the "what" above is not natural to me and came up with these two answers: "whether" or"if".

Could you please tell me if my answers are correct?

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    Experimental results derived from a single subject are, therefore, of limited value; there is no way to know if the subject’s responses are typical or atypical given/according to the response of humans as a group. OR Experimental results derived from a single subject are, therefore, of limited value; there is no way to know what the subject’s responses are - typical or atypical; depending on the response of humans as a group. The sentence has to be reformed to include some words and to make sense. Jan 10, 2021 at 18:11
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    "What" is incorrect. "Know" requires as complement a subordinate interrogative clause (embedded question) introduced by one of the interrogative subordinators "whether" and "if".
    – BillJ
    Jan 10, 2021 at 18:11
  • @BillJ what about "She thinks she knows what is best for her"? Jan 10, 2021 at 18:16
  • .What about it?
    – BillJ
    Jan 10, 2021 at 18:52

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Experimental results derived from a single subject are, therefore, of limited value; there is no way to know what the subject’s responses are typical or atypical of the response of humans as a group.

"What" is incorrect here.

"Know" requires as complement a subordinate interrogative clause (embedded question) introduced by one of the interrogative subordinators "whether" and "if".

... there is no way to know whether / if the subject’s responses are typical or atypical of the response of humans as a group.

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