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    Question Do you know what is this

    Hi,

    1. Do you know what is this?
    2. Do you know what this is?

    Which is correct? why?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Do you know what is this

    Quote Originally Posted by fenglish View Post
    Hi,

    1. Do you know what is this?
    2. Do you know what this is?

    Which is correct? why?

    Thanks.
    What are your thoughts about that?

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    Re: Do you know what is this

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    What are your thoughts about that?
    Thanks, you help me keep thinking, not just asking.

    I think I should explain this question with a scenario, as in below.

    Mary asks John: What is this?

    As John does not know what is Tree, then he ask his friend Lucy: Do you know what is this?

    Lucy says: I think it is a Car, you know what Car is, right?

    John says: I don't know.

    I think both 1 and 2 are correct.

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    Re: Do you know what is this

    Quote Originally Posted by fenglish View Post
    Hi,

    1. Do you know what is this? The reason it is wrong may be difficult to understand. I'll try to explain.
    The underlined part is question grammar and by iself it is a question. Although sentence 1 is a question, the real question part of sentence 1 is "Do you know". The underlined part of sentence 1 is not part of the question, so using question grammar in the underlined part is wrong, That's why question 1 is wrong.

    In order for the wording in question 1 to be correct, we would have to make two separate questions out of it because both parts of question 1 have question grammar.
    something like..... Do you know? What is this?


    2. Do you know what this is? Sentence 2 is correct because only the real question, "Do you know", has question grammar.

    A) I don't know what this is.
    B) Do you know what this is?

    If it's not clear now, please let me know.

    Thanks.
    2006

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    Re: Do you know what is this

    Very clear, thanks.

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