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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.

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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.

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