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    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.

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    Re: Can you tell me what are they doing?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    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.
    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:

    "Can you tell me... What are they doing?"

    But clearly this is not grammatically correct.

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