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    wh- Noun clause

    1. I don't know what is in the box.
    2. I don't know who Mary is.

    No. 2 Why the word order is changed? Who is Mary? is changed into who Mary is.


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    Re: wh- Noun clause

    "Who is Mary?" is a direct question.
    I don't know "who Mary is" is an indirect question.

    The word order changes if you change from a direct question to an indirect question.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: wh- Noun clause

    I think the question is also asking : Why do you invert 2, and not 1?
    "What is in the box?" is a direct question. But when you change to the indirect question, it remains the same.

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    Re: wh- Noun clause

    Quote Originally Posted by mawes12 View Post
    I think you can say both in number 2 with no difference but we'll see what the teachers say.
    If you are not sure that your answer is correct, then it is better to wait until somebody who knows the answer responds.

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