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    #1

    which way to the beach was the shortest

    I'm unsure if my answer to the following direct-to-indirect speech exercise is correct:

    Jay asked, "Which is the shortest way to the beach?"
    My answer: Jay asked which way to the beach was the shortest.


    How about: Jay asked which way was the shortest to the beach.

    Thank you!

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    Re: which way to the beach was the shortest

    Why change the word order?

    Jay asked which was the shortest way to the beach.
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    Re: which way to the beach was the shortest

    I read in books that say the verb and subject should swap their positions in a reported speech ie. for questions, subject follows verb; for statements/reported speech, verb follows subject.

    In all such exercises that I have done, it's always in that order - at least for academic setting.

    Having said that, I think your construction sounds best!
    Last edited by Oceanlike; 19-Jan-2016 at 15:27. Reason: added the last sentence

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    Re: which way to the beach was the shortest

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    for statements/reported speech, verb follows subject
    In Roman55's sentence, the verb 'was' follows the subject 'which'.
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    Re: which way to the beach was the shortest

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    My answer: Jay asked which way to the beach was the shortest.
    Your answer is fine.

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    #6

    Re: which way to the beach was the shortest

    Oceanlike, you could also say "Which way to the beach is the shortest?" It is unlikely that the distance has changed.

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