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    #1

    how big is it vs how big it is

    I was looking at this
    How many words does a native English speaker know? - Yahoo! Answers

    "Thank you. Don't worry didn't believe a native English speaker knows only 2000 words.I knew they hold a bigger vocabulary but I wasn't sure how big is it. Usefull information anyway."

    Here is my question

    Can I say "I wasn't sure how big it is" or is the sentence above true?

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    #2

    Re: how big is it vs how big it is

    Quote Originally Posted by murattopak View Post
    I was looking at this -
    How many words does a native English speaker know? - Yahoo! Answers

    "Thank you. Don't worry didn't believe a native English speaker knows only 2000 words.I knew they hold a bigger vocabulary but I wasn't sure how big is it. Usefull Useful information anyway."

    Here is my question: Can I say "I wasn't sure how big it is" or is the sentence above true correct?

    There are several problems with the quote. In my opinion, it should read:

    "Thank you. Don't worry, I didn't believe [that] a native English speaker knows only 2000 words. (space required here) I knew they had/held a bigger vocabulary but I wasn't sure how big."


    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: how big is it vs how big it is

    Quote Originally Posted by murattopak View Post
    I was looking at this
    How many words does a native English speaker know? - Yahoo! Answers

    "Thank you. Don't worry didn't believe a native English speaker knows only 2000 words.I knew they hold a bigger vocabulary but I wasn't sure how big is it. Usefull information anyway."

    Here is my question

    Can I say "I wasn't sure how big it is" or is the sentence above true?
    In that sentence, it should be "how big it is". As a question, it should be "How big is it?"

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