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    Cool WHO

    Hello,

    I've got a doubt! Can you help me, please?

    Which one is correct?

    -Do you know who is the richest person in the world?

    -Do you know who the richest person in the world is?

    Cheers
    W

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    Re: WHO

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello,

    I've got a doubt! Can you help me, please?

    Which one is correct?

    -Do you know who is the richest person in the world?

    -Do you know who the richest person in the world is?

    Cheers
    W
    Sentence 2 is correct. You only use the construction "Who is/are....." when you are asking a direct question, and "who" is the first word of the sentence.

    Who are you?
    Do they know who you are?
    I know who you are?

    Who was the first man on the moon?
    Do you know who the first man on the moon was?
    I know who the first man on the moon was.

    Note that this is true of the verb "to be".

    With other verbs:

    Who broke the vase?
    Do you know who broke the vase?
    I know who broke the vase.

    Who ate all my cookies?
    Do you know who ate all my cookies?
    I know who ate all my cookies.

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