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    subordinate clauses

    Which one is right?:
    I donīt know what the problem with her brother is.
    I donīt know whatīs the problem with her brother.
    Is it the kind of mistake that even Americans make?

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    Re: subordinate clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Which one is right?:
    I donīt know what the problem with her brother is.
    I donīt know whatīs the problem with her brother.
    Is it the kind of mistake that even Americans make?
    Either way is acceptable, but I personally prefer the second one.

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    Re: subordinate clauses

    I see!!! But what is the explanation for this? Has it got to do with identifying what the subject is?

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    Re: subordinate clauses

    I see and hear it:

    I don't know what the problem is with her brother.

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    Re: subordinate clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Which one is right?:
    I donīt know what the problem with her brother is.
    I donīt know what's the problem with her brother.
    Is it the kind of mistake that even Americans make?
    Because these type of statements are not really question forms, the normal neutral doesn't employ a question word order - "What is the problem ...".

    But since speech often makes use of changed word order to change the nuance or the feelings expressed, often the question form is maintained.

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