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    Question format

    May I know, who is the manufacturer of the motorbike?

    May I know, who the manufacturer of the motorbike is?

    If we just say "Who is the manufacturer of the motorbike" it sounds correct to me. But, if there is a request before the question, does the question format change?

    Please advice.

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    Re: Question format

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    May I know, who is the manufacturer of the motorbike?

    May I know, who the manufacturer of the motorbike is?

    If we just say "Who is the manufacturer of the motorbike" it sounds correct to me. But, if there is a request before the question, does the question format change?

    Please advice.
    Using "May I know" just makes it more formal in a way that is dated. Most native English speakers would just say "Who is the manufacturer..." or even more likely, "What make is..." "I have heard "May I know..." a lot in India though.

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    Re: Question format

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Using "May I know" just makes it more formal in a way that is dated. Most native English speakers would just say "Who is the manufacturer..." or even more likely, "What make is..." "I have heard "May I know..." a lot in India though.
    Thank you bhaisahab for your response. I would appreciate if you can tell me, which sentence is correct in my initial post and any explanation to it.

    Thank you again!

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    Re: Question format

    'May I know who the manufacturer of the motorbike is?' (without the comma) is correct if you must start with May I know...?

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    Re: Question format

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'May I know who the manufacturer of the motorbike is?' (without the comma) is correct if you must start with May I know...?

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    What, in your opinion, is wrong with "May I know, who is the manufacturer of the motorbike"? Apart from the archaic structure.

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    Re: Question format

    There are more fluent English speakers in India than there are in the UK. There are 1,000 million people in India, over 100 million speak English as a first language.

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