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    #1

    Can you tell me what time it is?

    What's the reason that we say:

    Can you tell me what time it is?

    But not:
    Can you tell me what time is it?

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    #2

    Re: Can you tell me what time it is?

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

    In your second sentence you asked two questions: "Can you...?" and "what time is it". You can't ask questions this way.

    The first one is correct.

    Examples:

    Do you know who I am? (not Do you know who am I?)
    Can you show me where the bank is? (not Can you show me where is the bank?)
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 20-Apr-2014 at 15:28. Reason: Correcting mistakes. (Tiny typo corrected by mod)
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #3

    Re: Can you tell me what time it is?

    We invert the subject and verb in direct questions (can you tell me), but not in indirect questions (what time it is).

    If the second part were a direct question, it would be "What time is it?"

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    Re: Can you tell me what time it is?

    If you invert the word order in the second part, you'd be asking two questions:

    Can you tell me? What time is it?

    The first question wouldn't make much sense.

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