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?"