Can you tell me what are they doing?
Can you tell me what are they doing?----I know it should be:
Can you tell me what they are doing? However, is it acceptable as informal English? Thank you.
Re: Can you tell me what are they doing?
No, it doesn't sound correct to me, even as a colloquial expression. I could imagine that you might hear it if someone were speaking in a hurry and effectively said it as two different sentences:
Originally Posted by jiaruchan
"Can you tell me... What are they doing?"
But clearly this is not grammatically correct.