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    Question to Statement

    Hello teachers and friends,

    Can you please tell me which is correct?

    1) Please ask her when the best time for me to call her is.
    2) Please ask her when is the best time for me to call her.

    I think it is the first sentence but I do not know which grammar structure it falls under.

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    Re: Question to Statement

    Quote Originally Posted by SophiaM View Post
    Hello teachers and friends,

    Can you please tell me which is correct?

    1) Please ask her when the best time for me to call her is.
    2) Please ask her when is the best time for me to call her.

    I think it is the first sentence but I do not know which grammar structure it falls under.
    #2. "Wh" questions should immediately be followed by "am", "is", "are", "do", "did". Repeat the sentences without "Please ask her" and I think you will understand.

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    #3

    Re: Question to Statement

    Yes, I understand that if it's a question I have to use a 'wh' word followed by the verb to-be. But what if it is not a question but a statement containing the question.

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    #4

    Re: Question to Statement

    Another example :-

    1) Ask her what she wants.
    2) Ask her what does she want.

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    #5

    Re: Question to Statement

    In my opinion both are acceptable, but in 1) I prefer "would be" to "is".

    Please ask her when the best time for me to call her would be.

    Please ask her when the best time would be for me to call her.

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    #6

    Re: Question to Statement

    Quote Originally Posted by SophiaM View Post
    Hello teachers and friends,

    Can you please tell me which is correct?

    1) Please ask her when the best time for me to call her is.
    2) Please ask her when is the best time for me to call her.

    I think it is the first sentence but I do not know which grammar structure it falls under.
    1. is definitely better. In speaking you could claim that 2. is "Please ask her, 'When is the best time for me to call?'" But, as it's written, it's unusual (or wrong) - as you seem to realise from your examples in post #4, in which 1 is also the correct choice, and 2 is more obviously incorrect that 2 in this post is.

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    Re: Question to Statement

    Yes, #4 sounded right to me but somehow the first example #1 sounded weird...a mouthful. I like Mr Probus's sentence which uses 'would be'. It sounded so much better. Thank you everybody for helping me out.

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    #8

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    Quote Originally Posted by SophiaM View Post
    Another example :-

    1) Ask her what she wants.
    2) Ask her what does she want.
    The collocation in these examples is different from your original post. #1 is proper and correct. In #2, "does" is used as an auxiliary and is not necessary (unless, of course, it is used for emphasis). In your original post, "is" is used as the primary verb


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    #9

    Re: Question to Statement

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    The collocation in these examples is different from your original post. #1 is proper and correct. In #2, "does" is used as an auxiliary and is not necessary (unless, of course, it is used for emphasis). In your original post, "is" is used as the primary verb
    That doesn't matter. With indirect questions, we normally use affirmative word order. It doesn't matter what the verb is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    That doesn't matter. With indirect questions, we normally use affirmative word order. It doesn't matter what the verb is.
    And affirmative word order in original post, example #1 is........?

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