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    I'd like to ask how do you understand ... OR I'd like to ask how you understand ...

    --- Do I have to use "do" when I say: "I'd like to ask ..."

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    I am not sure what the question is. Is it something like:
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    How did you figure that out?

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    Hi

    For example: I'd like to ask you how do you understand the words below? Or: I'd like to ask you how you understand the words below?

    Which is correct? The one with "do" or without "do"?

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    Re: DO

    I would take the "how" out and say:
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    Do you understand ____?

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    But is it the same?
    If I ask: I'd like to ask how (do) you understand ... I'm asking about your interpretation of some words in the text.
    If I ask: I'd like to ask: Do you understand ... I'm just asking if you understand them and not how you would interpret them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi
    But is it the same?
    If I ask: I'd like to ask how (do) you understand ... I'm asking about your interpretation of some words in the text.
    OK. You could say What do those words mean? Or, if you wish, you could say What is your understanding of those words? (I think the first is better.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    (I think the first is better.)

    But I like the second more

    But does it mean that my original sentences were wrong?
    If you start the sentence with: "I'd like to ask ..." do you later in the sentence use "do" or do you leave it out?

    What about: I'd like to ask what is you understanding of the words below? Or: I'd like to ask what you understanding of the words below is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    If you start the sentence with: "I'd like to ask ..." do you later in the sentence use "do" or do you leave it out?
    That depends. You could say: "I'd like to ask what it is you do for a living."

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    What about: I'd like to ask what is your understanding of the words below? Or: I'd like to ask what your understanding of the words below is?
    OK.



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    #9

    Re: DO

    What about: I'd like to ask what is your understanding of the words below? Or: I'd like to ask what your understanding of the words below is?

    Is one of these two better than the other?


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    Re: DO

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    I'd like to ask how do you understand ... OR I'd like to ask how you understand ...

    --- Do I have to use "do" when I say: "I'd like to ask ..."
    I'm not a teacher.

    From the grammatical point of view your question concerns questions in indirect speech.

    Direct question: "How do you understand this notice?"
    Indirect question: I would like to ask how you understand this notice.

    Direct question: He said, "How do you understand this notice?"
    Indirect question: He asked how I understood this notice.

    See: A Practical English Grammar by Thomson and Martinet, fourth edition, entry 317, p.277.

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