forget what you said...

Could this "what" mean two things?

  1. relative pronoun
  2. interrogative pronoun clause? as in "Do you know what I did?
  • "What" is the object of the verb "forget". It's acting as a pronoun here and refers to the thing that was said. – Era Dec 3 '15 at 18:46

Without more context, it is difficult to know the reference and the exact meaning. Here are a couple examples: the "what" could mean "whatever" or it could mean "everything."

forget whatever you said...

This is similar to the word "thing." We use "thing" when we don't want to say the whole phrase again. "Whatever" is just a generic term, so we don't have to repeat words.


forget everything you said

This has a more serious tone. Usually, it means, "pretend you never said those words because you could get into trouble. "

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    @8906335678 No. Bare 'forget' at the beginning of a sentence is an imperative, a command to your hearer to forget something. What you have in mind requires a subject: "I forget what you said." – StoneyB on hiatus Dec 3 '15 at 18:16
  • @8906335678 No. There is no "question", no interrogative context, in that statement: it presupposes that both you and I know what I said. – StoneyB on hiatus Dec 3 '15 at 18:25
  • To the original poster: please don't delete your comments when someone replies. People reading this later will only see half a conversation and they won't be able to understand it properly. – stangdon Dec 3 '15 at 19:19

"Forget what you said" means "Forget that which you said earlier." No more and no less.

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