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    Default This "I tell you" makes me sick

    Hello all,
    Sorry for the topic name, but I still don't know which version is correct.

    Question:
    What is the problem?
    Answer 1:
    I tell you what the problem is. - I often hear this
    Answer 2:
    I tell you what's the problem. - I often hear this
    Answer 3:
    I tell you what is the problem. - I never hear this

    Okay, my main question:
    Are answer 1 and 2 correct?
    Is answer 3 wrong?

    Thank you!!

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: This "I tell you" makes me sick

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello all,
    Sorry for the topic name, but I still don't know which version is correct.

    Question:
    What is the problem?
    Answer 1:
    I tell you what the problem is. - I often hear this
    Answer 2:
    I tell you what's the problem. - I often hear this
    Answer 3:
    I tell you what is the problem. - I never hear this

    Okay, my main question:
    Are answer 1 and 2 correct?
    Is answer 3 wrong?

    Thank you!!

    Cheers!
    They are all wrong. "I will tell you what the problem is" is correct.

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    Default Re: This "I tell you" makes me sick

    I can't see how you think that the third is wrong while the second is correct. A single apostrophe makes it grammatically incorrect, don't you think that this is a bit strange?

    The first one is correct in the sense I assume you meant.

    But the second and the third may be correct especially, one mimics a question which has just been asked and found it silly or annoying or something like that.

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    Default Re: This "I tell you" makes me sick

    Thank you!

    @bhaisahab:
    Okay, maybe they said: "I'll tell you...".
    However, I cannot guarantee this...
    (It's not always easy to understand words when they are quickly spoken.)

    @euncu:
    I will tell you why.
    This reminds me of this:
    Can you not help me? - correct
    Can't you help me? - correct
    Cannot you help me? - wrong!

    And that's why I thought it could be the same with the "What's" instead of "What is".
    Okay, I guess these are two completely different cases, but well...

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: This "I tell you" makes me sick

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Thank you!

    @bhaisahab:
    Okay, maybe they said: "I'll tell you...".
    However, I cannot guarantee this...
    (It's not always easy to understand words when they are quickly spoken.)

    @euncu:
    I will tell you why.
    This reminds me of this:
    Can you not help me? - correct
    Can't you help me? - correct
    Cannot you help me? - wrong!

    And that's why I thought it could be the same with the "What's" instead of "What is".
    Okay, I guess these are two completely different cases, but well...

    Cheers!
    "Can't you" is a contraction of "can you not" not "cannot you".

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    Default Re: This "I tell you" makes me sick

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    (It's not always easy to understand words when they are quickly spoken.)
    Sometimes we don't hear them, but we know they are there.

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    Default Re: This "I tell you" makes me sick

    Hmm I guess
    "I'll tell you what's good" and "He knows what's good" is right, because "is" and "good" are linked, aren't they?

    Probably the same as "is going on".
    I know what is going on - this is definitely right, I've learned this here

    Not easy guys, not easy...

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: This "I tell you" makes me sick

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hmm I guess
    "I'll tell you what's good" and "He knows what's good" are right, because "is" and "good" are linked, aren't they?

    Probably the same as "is going on".
    I know what is going on - this is definitely right, I've learned this here

    Not easy guys, not easy...

    Cheers!
    No one said it was easy, "no pain, no gain".

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