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    May I know how old are you/you are?

    "May I know how old are you/you are?"

    When I was at school, my teacher said the correct one was "May I know how old are you" but I don't think so. Was my teacher right?

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    #2

    Re: May I know how old are you/you are?

    I disagree with your teacher, but I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: May I know how old are you/you are?

    May I know what level of English does your teacher teach your teacher teaches?
    That is a very common mistake in Malaysia.

    not a teacher

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    Re: May I know how old are you/you are?

    Checkmate, please do not start two threads with the same question. You should know better than that.

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    Re: May I know how old are you/you are?

    I think Checkmate double-clicked on the 'Submit' button inadvertently. To err is human.

    Not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: May I know how old are you/you are?

    No, your teacher was wrong.

    It must be either "May I know how old you are?" or "How old are you?"

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    Re: May I know how old are you/you are?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    May I know what level of English does your teacher teach your teacher teaches?
    That is a very common mistake in Malaysia.

    not a teacher
    She is a secondary school teacher. I told her how it works but my teacher still disagreed with me.

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    Re: May I know how old are you/you are?

    That is very frustrating. But it shows how much you have learned.

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    Re: May I know how old are you/you are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post
    my teacher still disagreed
    Tell her to read this thread.

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    #10

    Re: May I know how old are you/you are?

    How do you explain using rules of grammar to convince someone that the original statement is not correct?

    The order of the subject and verb is reversed in an indirect question?

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