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    #1

    I know what *is* the matter

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You need to quote your source if you paste something - ie. what dictionary is it.
    "Tell me what it is, Gretta. I think I know what is the matter. Do I know?"
    ("Dubliners" by James Joyce, "The Dead")

    How often this kind of construction is used in comparison with this one "I think I know what the matter is."?

    Thanks.

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    Re: I know what *is* the matter

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    "Tell me what it is, Gretta. I think I know what is the matter. Do I know?"
    ("Dubliners" by James Joyce, "The Dead")

    How often this kind of construction is used in comparison with this one "I think I know what the matter is."?

    Thanks.
    My estimate. AmE:
    "I know what is the matter" (10%) vs. "...what the matter is" (90%)

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