Grammar Patterns

N as to wh

N as to wh

The noun is followed by a prepositional phrase which consists of as to and a finite wh-clause. With some nouns, the preposition as to is occasionally followed by a wh-word and a to-infinitive clause. This pattern is N as to wh-to-inf. With most nouns, the preposition as to is occasionally followed by a noun group. This pattern is N as to n.
 Nounas towh-clause/wh-to-inf/noun group
a powerfulargumentas towhy reform should go ahead
 assumptionsas towho will win
 ignoranceas tothe precise nature of the process
 suggestionsas towhere to go next
Nouns with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'advice' groupThe 'idea' groupNouns with other meanings

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