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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    Question I'm confused !!!

    Hi there! I'm from Russia and I've got a couple of questions for you
    which statement is correct?
    1) You have no idea how maney is bad.
    2) You have no idea how bad money is.

    And here is the most confusing part:
    1)Do you know what's the time??? OR
    2)Do you know what the time is???


    It would be much better for me If you could explain the right answer, so I could completely understand the issue.
    Last edited by Roma L; 31-Dec-2011 at 05:22.

  2. 5jj's Avatar
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    #2

    Re: I'm confused !!!

    Welcome to the forum, Roma.
    Quote Originally Posted by Roma L View Post
    2) You have no idea how bad money is.
    2)Do you know what the time is???
    In each case #2 is correct.

    In statements, the verb normally follows the the subject:
    The time is 7 o'clock.
    Fred lives in Prague,

    In direct questions, subject-verb word order is reversed: What is the time?
    If there is no auxiliary verb, DO is used in the direct question: Where does Fred live?

    In indirect questions, we use statement word order, and do not use a question mark:
    I have no idea what the time is.
    I don't know where Fred lives.

    If the indirect question is contained within a direct question, that question will require a question mark:
    Do you know what the time is?
    Can you tell me where Fred lives?

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    #3

    Re: I'm confused !!!

    I have deleted a number of responses which could have been confusing.

    Please remember:

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post. Please note, all posts are moderated by our in-house language experts, so make sure your suggestions, help, and advice house the kind of information an international language teacher would offer. If not, and your posts do not contribute to the topic in a positive way, they will be subject to deletion.
    Last edited by 5jj; 31-Dec-2011 at 08:55.

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