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    wonder

    Hi,

    The mother of one of my students is really a pain in the neck. She always says she doesn't put pressure on her daughter, but each time her daughter comes to my home for a lesson, she comes along and sits there listening. And each time her daughter makes a mistake or doesn't know how to answer a question, she starts to pick on the child. She also tries to instruct me on teaching methods. I sometimes wonder just who is the teacher!

    Should I change the red sentence to "Who the teacher is"?

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: wonder

    It's fine as it is, in my opinion.

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    Re: wonder

    Yes, this is fine, because the emphasis is on the word 'is', i.e. is it me, or the mother?

    I wonder who the teacher is. Would be fine if you weren't making that comparison.

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    Re: wonder

    Thanks a lot. I was taught at school that it should be "I wonder who her teacher is" rather than "I wonder who is her teacher", but why here it is right?

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    Re: wonder

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Thanks a lot. I was taught at school that it should be "I wonder who her teacher is" rather than "I wonder who is her teacher", but why here it is right?
    In reported questions beginning with who, what or which, both word orders are frequently possible.

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