as they know ..., so they know we can afford good pennyworths [Defoe]

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enkidu68

Senior Member
turkish
Hi, I am reading a book named "Captain Singleton"
so I sometise face very weird or complex sentences
here is one of those:

And besides," says William, "it is their interest to be

honest now, for, as they know upon what terms we got the goods we are to

truck with them, so they know we can afford good pennyworths;
and in the

next place, it saves them going the whole voyage, so that the southerly

monsoons yet holding, if they traded with us, they could immediately

return with their cargo to China;"

Should not it need to put "which" after goods "goods which we are to"
"afford good pennworths"=?
 
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    The relative pronoun ("which/that") and the subordinating conjunction ("that") are often optional.

    ...upon what terms we got the goods (that) we are to truck with them...
    ...so they know (that) we can afford good pennyworths...
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    "it is their interest to be honest now, for, because they know upon what terms we obtained the goods we will trade with them, thus they will know that we can afford quite a lot of money;
     
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