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    Question The question is...

    "The question is how long will that increase continue?"
    Shouldn't it be "The question is how long that increase will continue"? Or maybe these two sentences are both correct and have the same meaning?

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    Re: The question is...

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    "The question is how long will that increase continue?"
    Shouldn't it be "The question is how long that increase will continue"? Or maybe these two sentences are both correct and have the same meaning?

    Thanks,
    Nyggus
    In speech, there's a tendency to say "The question is: 'How long will that increase continue?'" But as I often say, people don't hear the punctuation. So, informally, there's a tendency not to invert the verb and the subject - to the extent that some teachers would accept the original version (without the extra punctuation). Some wouldn't though; and most if not all examiners wouldn't).

    There's a tendency also to add 'just' or 'exactly' (or some other intensifier), in order to signal that what follows is a quoted question: "The question is just how long will that increase continue?"
    (Very common in journalism.)

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    Re: The question is...

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    In speech, there's a tendency to say "The question is: 'How long will that increase continue?'" But as I often say, people don't hear the punctuation. So, informally, there's a tendency not to invert the verb and the subject - to the extent that some teachers would accept the original version (without the extra punctuation). Some wouldn't though; and most if not all examiners wouldn't).
    There's a tendency also to add 'just' or 'exactly' (or some other intensifier), in order to signal that what follows is a quoted question: "The question is just how long will that increase continue?"
    (Very common in journalism.)
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    Thanks, BobK. And what about the option "The question is how long that increase will continue"?

    Nyggus

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    Re: The question is...

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    Thanks, BobK. And what about the option "The question is how long that increase will continue"?
    Nyggus

    (and in many contexts it's preferable).

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