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    Wink what the matter is or what is the matter?

    Hi there,

    Here are 2 sentences for illustration:

    1)Do you know what is the matter?

    2)Do you know what the matter is?


    Which arrangement is correct? and why it is correct?

    And how about the below sentences:


    Do you know what is it/door catch/...?(any other noun or pronoun can be put here)

    Do you know what it/door catch/...is?


    Looking forward to your clarification.

    countless thanks for you.



    Freddie

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    Re: what the matter is or what is the matter?

    Quote Originally Posted by freddie View Post
    Hi there,

    Here are 2 sentences for illustration:

    1)Do you know what is the matter?

    2)Do you know what the matter is?


    Which arrangement is correct? and why it is correct?

    And how about the below sentences:


    Do you know what is it/door catch/...?(any other noun or pronoun can be put here)

    Do you know what it/door catch/...is?


    Looking forward to your clarification.

    countless thanks for you.



    Freddie
    Do you know what the matter is? This sentence is correct because here we have an indirect question.

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    Re: what the matter is or what is the matter?

    Hi Freddie

    "Do you know" introduces an indirect question and the rest of the question (i.e. after "Do you know") is usually an affirmative construction:

    Do you know what time it is?
    Do you know why he said that?
    Do you know how long they have been married?

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    Re: what the matter is or what is the matter?

    Thank you, Harry.

    Thank you, Philly.

    So kind you are.

    Thank you cordially.


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