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    Word order: how he was honest/ how honest he was

    Dear all,

    1. John told me how honest he was.
    2. John told me how he was honest.

    I heard from a non-native English teacher that both #1 and #2 are okay. However, #1 seems to be correct to me.

    Is #2 also fine?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Word order: how he was honest/ how honest he was

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    John told me how he was honest - John spoke of a time when he did an honest thing.
    I agree that this is one meaning. Another is that John said the words, "I am honest".

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