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    what is the truth/what the truth is

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    I admit that I don't know what is the truth about it.

    I admit that I don't know what the truth about it is.

    ---Which one is correct?

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    Re: what is the truth/what the truth is

    "I admit that I don't know what the truth about it is" is the idiomatic expression. The other is awkward.

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    Re: what is the truth/what the truth is

    Thanks for the answer. I always have problems with it, because as far as I know "is" is not always placed at the end of a sentence even when it's an affirmative sentence.
    I can't think of any examples now, but I'm sure there are such cases.

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    Smile Re: what is the truth/what the truth is

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Thanks for the answer. I always have problems with it, because as far as I know "is" is not always placed at the end of a sentence even when it's an affirmative sentence.
    I can't think of any examples now, but I'm sure there are such cases.
    Here's an example for you, GUEST2008:
    I admit that I don't know what is wrong with the sentence.

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    Re: what is the truth/what the truth is

    Hi

    Good example.

    So why not: ...what wrong with this sentence is.

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    Smile Re: what is the truth/what the truth is

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Good example.

    So why not: ...what wrong with this sentence is.
    In my example, what functions as subject to the verb is; in yours - as object.

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    Re: what is the truth/what the truth is

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    what functions ... in yours - as object.
    No.

    I admit that I don't know [what the truth about it is].

    The bracketed nominal relative clause is the object of "know". "what" functions as the predicate nominative in the sub-clause.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamako3 View Post
    No.

    I admit that I don't know [what the truth about it is].

    The bracketed nominal relative clause is the object of "know". "what" functions as the predicate nominative in the sub-clause.
    Still, it's the object, no matter what you call it. I merely wanted the asker to see the difference between the two sentences, explaining the issue to him in simple terms.

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    Re: what is the truth/what the truth is

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Still, it's the object
    Again, no.

    I do not know something.
    I do not know what the truth is.

    If "what" is indeed the object, then what is "the truth is"?

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    Re: what is the truth/what the truth is

    Quote Originally Posted by Bamako3 View Post
    Again, no.

    I do not know something.
    I do not know what the truth is.

    If "what" is indeed the object, then what is "the truth is"?
    The truth in that clause is the subject:
    I do not know this - this stands for the object of know
    this = what the truth is - the object

    What is the truth? - what is the object
    The truth is what? - the truth is the subject, what is the object
    The truth is this. - the truth is the subject, this is the object

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