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    Default Can you tell me where is the money?

    I have to explain to my students why the word order in the sentence Can you tell me where is the money? is incorrect. I am not sure which grammatical terms I should use. Is it an indirect question? Or is it an embedded question?

    On the other hand, I seem to have read somewhere that the word order in sentences like the one I quoted (Can you tell me where is the money?) is possible, too (with the linking verb "to be" only). Is it so?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up.)

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    Default Re: Can you tell me where is the money?

    Direct question: 'Where is the money?'

    Indirect question: 'Can you tell me where the money is?'

    The word order has to change in the indirect question form and in the embedded question form: 'I want to know where the money is.' (No question mark.)


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    Default Re: Can you tell me where is the money?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Direct question: 'Where is the money?'

    Indirect question: 'Can you tell me where the money is?'

    The word order has to change in the indirect question form and in the embedded question form: 'I want to know where the money is.' (No question mark.)


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    Thank you. I was also wondering if it would be definitely a mistake to say "I want to know where is the money".
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up.)

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    Default Re: Can you tell me where is the money?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Thank you. I was also wondering if it would be definitely a mistake to say "I want to know where is the money".
    I'm going to say yes, it's a mistake. And now I'm going to sit back and watch several people disagree with me.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Can you tell me where is the money?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Thank you. I was also wondering if it would be definitely a mistake to say "I want to know where is the money".
    I know for sure this is a mistake. On the other hand, I know a lot of people who say it is OK.

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    Default "I want to know where is the money".

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Thank you. I was also wondering if it would be definitely a mistake to say "I want to know where is the money".
    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm going to say yes, it's a mistake. And now I'm going to sit back and watch several people disagree with me.


    "I want to know where is the money".

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    "I want to know" = Introductory phrase.

    2.(Where, why, when etc.)

    3."The money" = should be constructed in a positive sentence. - "The money is"

    Will you accept that analysis? Am I right?

    Last edited by Odessa Dawn; 02-Feb-2013 at 05:45. Reason: Link has been omitted.

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    Default Re: "I want to know where is the money".

    Hello OD:

    A question please. Why have some of your questions recently begun appearing in new threads, rather than in their original threads? There may be a good reason; I just don't know what it is.
    Last edited by probus; 02-Feb-2013 at 04:55.

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    Default Re: "I want to know where is the money".

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    A question please. Why have some of your questions recently begun appearing in new threads, rather than in their original threads?
    I have merged these two threads.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: "I want to know where is the money".

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Hello OD:
    A question please. Why have some of your questions recently begun appearing in new threads, rather than in their original threads? There may be a good reason; I just don't know what it is.

    Thank you for your question. To me, it is a must to stick to teachers' commands/directives. I have been told not to hijack others' threads as you see below.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    OD, there is a danger of hijacking this thread. If you have a question about a construction in someone else's thread, please copy the relevant passage and open a new thread with your own question.

    Edit: As you can see, I have moved your question and started a new thread with it.
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...niversity.html


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    Default Re: "I want to know where is the money".

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Thank you for your question. To me, it is a must to stick to teachers' commands/directives. I have been told not to hijack others' threads
    In posr #6, you appear to be posting a tentative response to the original question. If you intended it as an original question, then there was no need to link to this thread.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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