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    Inversion in questions

    1. What is in your bag? May I know what is in your bag?

    2. What is your name? May I know what your name is?

    I believe it is not correct to say May I know what is your name? If I am correct, why is there no inversion in the first underlined question, but inversion is needed in the second underlined question?

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    Re: Inversion in questions

    In the first, 'what' is the subject of the verb 'is'; in the second, 'your name; is the subject of the verb 'is'. In both cases, the subject precedes the verb - there is no inversion.

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