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    Default Usage confusion

    Which is grammatically correct

    "Please suggest what I should do next"
    or
    "Please suggest what should I do next"

    What is difference between the two statements.

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    Default Re: Usage confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by Sun View Post
    Which is grammatically correct

    "Please suggest what I should do next"
    or
    "Please suggest what should I do next"

    What is difference between the two statements.

    thanks
    The first one is correct.

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    Default Re: Usage confusion

    If it is a question, which one is correct?

    1. What I should do next?
    2. What should I do next?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Usage confusion

    What should I do next? (should is a modal verb; this sentence is a question)

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    Default Re: Usage confusion

    Remember the rule that if the sentence ends with a question mark, we reverse the order of the person and the verb.

    I don't know what I should do now.
    What should I do now?

    I have no idea what the time is.
    What is the time?

    I asked you what that policeman was doing.
    What was that policeman doing?

    I know/I do know.
    Do I know?

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    Question Re: Usage confusion

    "Please suggest what I should do next", is the rule (reverse the order of the person and the verb) applicable to this sentence.
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    Default Re: Usage confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by Sun View Post
    "Please suggest what I should do next", is the rule (reverse the order of the person and the verb) applicable to this sentence.
    thanks
    No. There is no inversion in this sentence. We normally invert subject and verb only in direct questions, as emsr2d2 suggested.

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