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    #1

    how should ...

    Hi

    1. I only would like to ask you how I should do this?

    2. I only would like to ask you how should I do this?

    --- Which one is correct?


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    Both are correct if you change the question mark in the first sentence to a full stop/period, as it is a statement, not a question. Also, a comma after 'you' and before 'how' in the second one would be better.

    As you may have guessed then, the difference between them is that one is a statement - subject verb structure. The other is a wh- question - verb subject structure.

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    Exclamation Re: how should ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Linguist__ View Post
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    Both are correct if you change the question mark in the first sentence to a full stop/period, as it is a statement, not a question. Also, a comma after 'you' and before 'how' in the second one would be better.

    As you may have guessed then, the difference between them is that one is a statement - subject verb structure. The other is a wh- question - verb subject structure.
    Nicely explained. I can only add that in the first sentence ‘how’ is used as conjunction to join another independent clause ‘I should do this’ while in the second sentence it acts as an interrogative adverb.

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    Re: how should ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Linguist__ View Post
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    Both are correct if you change the question mark in the first sentence to a full stop/period, as it is a statement, not a question. Also, a comma after 'you' and before 'how' in the second one would be better.
    So:

    1. I only would like to ask you how I should do this.
    2. I only would like to ask you: how should I do this? (I put a colon after "you". I think it's correct.)

    Thanks

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