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    #1

    Noun clause as an object of verb

    I think that we can make a sentence : "I don't know who you really are", but what if the dependent clause doesn't have a subject?
    Which sentence is correct?

    a. I don't know what is in the box
    b. I don't know what in the box is

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    #2

    Re: Noun clause as an object of verb

    The second is incorrect. 'What' is both the object of 'know' and the subject of 'is'.

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    #3

    Re: Noun clause as an object of verb

    The first would be correct with a full stop (period) at the end.

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    Re: Noun clause as an object of verb

    I don't know what is in the box.

    "What" is the subject (something is in the box). The underlined dependent clause is a subordinate interrogative clause as complement to "know"; the meaning is "I don't know the answer to the question 'What is in the box?'"

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    #5

    Re: Noun clause as an object of verb

    "I don't know what the thing in the box is" is grammatically correct. However, it suggests that you already know there is something in the box - you just can't identify it. "I don't know what is in the box" leaves open the possibility that the box is empty.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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