Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    ghackfoo Guest

    Default Composing May I Know/Ask questions

    Hi,

    I would just like to know if there is a rule about composing questions starting with "May I know/ask".

    For example, normally to ask for the time, you say "what is the time?" but when you try to be more polite and use "May I know/ask" you say, "May I know what the time is?" and not "May I know what is the time?" right?

    Is this rule strict or is it also correct/accepted to say "May I know what is the time?"

    Thanks for the answer. I've been googling forever about this but I can't seem to find the answer. :)

  2. #2
    Searching for language is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • German
      • Home Country:
      • Germany
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    1,036
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Composing May I Know/Ask questions

    Quote Originally Posted by ghackfoo View Post
    Hi,

    I would just like to know if there is a rule about composing questions starting with "May I know/ask".

    For example, normally to ask for the time, you say "what is the time?" but when you try to be more polite and use "May I know/ask" you say, "May I know what the time is?" and not "May I know what is the time?" right?

    Is this rule strict or is it also correct/accepted to say "May I know what is the time?"

    Thanks for the answer. I've been googling forever about this but I can't seem to find the answer. :)

    I doubt very much that there is a rule about that. However, in Canada, if you need to know the time you would approach someone, a stranger even, and say, "Excuse me, but could you please tell me what time it is ?"

    If you are talking to a friend, you would just say "What time is it, John?"

Similar Threads

  1. Rules for questions using how long, for and from
    By scullion5 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 26-May-2008, 22:23
  2. Passive
    By cheap cigarette in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 21-May-2007, 20:29
  3. Please, please answer the questions!
    By asad hussain in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 14-Jan-2007, 12:53
  4. Please answer the questions!
    By asad hussain in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 13-Jan-2007, 00:51
  5. Proofread plus long list of questions
    By HaraKiriBlade in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 27-Jun-2005, 14:46

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk