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    Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by lady_bird13 View Post
    Ok, thank you!

    Another thing...
    Could you tell me which the correct form is?
    Is it a correct form?
    The subject is which form,


    • Could you tell me which form is correct?
    • Could you tell me which correct form is best.
    • Could you tell me which correct form is?

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    #12

    Re: Grammar

    Some writers say that when the question asks for a subject answer (as in Which form is the correct one? - This form is the correct one) rather than a complement answer (What's the time? - The time is eight o'clock), then there are two possible word orders:

    Which form is correct?
    1. Can you tell me which is the correct form?
    2. Can you tell me which the correct form is.


    If you are a learner, the safest 'rules' are those suggested by Soup and me. Just be aware that you may encounter sentences, such as #1 which do not follow the rules. Don't worry - #2 is acceptable.

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    #13

    Re: Grammar

    Oh my God!
    I am a disaster!

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    #14

    Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by lady_bird13 View Post
    I am a disaster!
    No, you are not. Your 'Could you tell me which the correct form is?' was correct and natural. The sentence that Soup correctly put a by was incorrect because there was no 'the' in front of 'correct' .

    If you found my last post confusing, ignore it. I wrote that only because some learners become unhappy when they hear a native speaker saying something that they (the learners) believe to be incorrect.

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