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    #1

    Is/are at the end of a sentence

    Hello,
    I'm the new
    My real name is Konstantin, I'm 23. and I live in Germany.
    I have been learning English for many years and I always try to learn as best I can.

    My question should be easy for the most of you.
    Example:
    One guys asks Where is my car?
    And you say I know where your car is.
    I think that should be fully right.
    However, what if the person asks What is going on?
    Will a correct answer be I know what going on is. ?
    It looks a bit strange and I'm really not sure.

    Thanks for any help!

    Greets

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    Exclamation Re: Is/are at the end of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    I'm the new
    My real name is Konstantin, I'm 23. and I live in Germany.
    I have been learning English for many years and I always try to learn as best I can.

    My question should be easy for the most of you.
    Example:
    One guys asks Where is my car?
    And you say I know where your car is.
    I think that should be fully right.
    However, what if the person asks What is going on?
    Will a correct answer be I know what going on is. ?
    It looks a bit strange and I'm really not sure.

    Thanks for any help!

    Greets
    The first one is acceptable because the auxiliary verb “is’ acts independently but in the second one it acts as helping verb to the main verb “go” So it should be placed before “going

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    Re: Is/are at the end of a sentence

    Hello again.
    Sorry for retrieving this old thread.
    (I've cleaned the spider webs )

    I just want to be sure if the green is right and the red is wrong:
    I tell you what the problem is.
    I tell you what's the problem.

    I tell you what is the problem.

    It reminds me a bit of this:
    Can you not leave me alone?
    Can't you leave me alone?
    Cannot you leave me alone?

    I just try to find analogies and I would be nice if you could confirm this

    Thank you for your help

    Cheers!

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    Re: Is/are at the end of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello again.
    Sorry for retrieving this old thread.
    (I've cleaned the spider webs )

    I just want to be sure if the green is right and the red is wrong:
    I tell you what the problem is.
    I tell you what's the problem.

    I tell you what is the problem.

    It reminds me a bit of this:
    Can you not leave me alone?
    Can't you leave me alone?
    Cannot you leave me alone?

    I just try to find analogies and I would be nice if you could confirm this

    Thank you for your help

    Cheers!
    "I'll tell you what's the problem" is wrong.
    It might seem strange to you but "Can't you leave me alone?" is a contraction of "Can you not leave me alone?" and not "Cannot you leave me alone?"

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    Re: Is/are at the end of a sentence

    Hello,
    No, it does not seem strange to me.
    I thought the "Cannot you leave me alone?" is wrong, and so it's okay.

    About the other thing:
    That means the only right thing is:
    "I (will) tell you what the problem is." ?

    Thanks.

    Cheers!



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    Re: Is/are at the end of a sentence

    My question should be easy for the most of you.
    Example:
    One guys asks Where is my car?
    And you say I know where your car is.
    I think that should be fully right.
    However, what if the person asks What is going on?
    Will a correct answer be I know what going on is. ?


    My question/s should be easy for the most of you.
    Example:
    One guys asks, "Where is my car?" - punctuation is the same as in deutsch. If you don't use correct English in this forum, are we or are we not to assume, you don't know better and need help there too?
    And you say, "I know where your car is."
    I think that's right.
    However, what if the person asks, "What's going on?"
    Will Would a correct answer be, "I know what going is what's going on?"

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    #7

    Re: Is/are at the end of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    I'm the new
    My real name is Konstantin, I'm 23. and I live in Germany.
    I have been learning English for many years and I always try to learn as best I can.

    My question should be easy for the most of you.
    Example:
    One guys asks Where is my car?
    And you say I know where your car is.
    I think that should be fully right.
    However, what if the person asks What is going on?
    Will a correct answer be I know what going on is. ?
    It looks a bit strange and I'm really not sure.

    Thanks for any help!

    Greets
    The order of clause-elements in a dependent nominal introduced by an interrogative pronoun or adverb is
    (1) int. PRN/ADV (2) subject (3) (remainder of) predicate

    Both of the correct transformations of your sentences,

    I know where(int) your car(S) is (P).

    and

    I know what
    (int)(S) is going on(P).

    conform exactly to this formula. It simply happens that, in the case of the second, the interrogative pronoun 'what' is also the clause-subject.
    Last edited by philo2009; 10-Dec-2009 at 06:30.

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    #8

    Re: Is/are at the end of a sentence

    Hello,
    Today I saw this on the Mozilla homepage:

    Check out what’s new, the known issues and frequently asked questions about the latest version of Thunderbird.

    Is this "'s" linked to "new"?
    Would this be wrong:?
    Check out what new is,...

    And what about:
    Check out what is new,..

    Such things always make me wonder, that's why I ask

    P.S.
    Check out what’s new, the known issues, and frequently asked questions about the latest version of Thunderbird.
    (I think the comma is better, what do you think?)

    Cheers!


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    Re: Is/are at the end of a sentence

    [QUOTE=Nightmare85;494398]Hello,
    I'm the new
    My real name is Konstantin, I'm 23. and I live in Germany.
    I have been learning English for many years and I always try to learn as best I can.

    My question should be easy for the most of you.
    Example:
    One guys asks Where is my car?
    And you say I know where your car is.
    I think that should be fully right.
    However, what if the person asks What is going on?
    Will a correct answer be I know what going on is. ?
    It looks a bit strange and I'm really not sure.


    Hi!

    I'm not a teacher.

    I'd rather say: I know what is going on.

    Thanks for any help!

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    #10

    Re: Is/are at the end of a sentence

    Thank you, but please ignore the intro post.
    It was answered a while ago :)

    The latest post is more important to me.


    Cheers!

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