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Hi,inspite of saying I don't know how to describe it can I say I don't know can I describe it ? Thanks
The title of the thread is still the best.
I am not a teacher.
Many of us foreigners tend to make the same mistake.
Affirmative: I can describe it.
Interrogative: Can I describe it? (Mind the word order now)
Now, sometimes we bring up the interrogative form by altering the order.
*"I don't know how can I describe it". It is not a question, so the sentence should read:
"I don't know how I can describe it.
The same happens in reported speech.
*"She asked me how could I do it" instead of
"She asked me how I could do it"
Consider using the word "articulate", as in, "I cannot articulate the idea."