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    where to put the verb in indirect question

    Hiya there,
    I'm a bit concerned about one thing - is it all right if I use this sentence pattern:
    Do you know what is the longest river in the world?
    I'd like you to tell me what are your problems concerning this issue.
    Or maybe, I should write in this way:
    Do you know what the longest river in the world is?
    I'd like you to tell me what your problems are concerning this issue.
    The thing is that if the subject of the clause is quite long, the use of the verb somewhere at the end of the sentence looks and sounds awkward to me. Are there any rules to follow as for this matter?
    Thanks in advance!


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    Re: where to put the verb in indirect question

    Nice website, really. However, I can't say I found exactly what I wanted to. There were only a couple of sentences that explained the issue to me. The trouble was that the subjects used in the clauses were all short ones.
    Here's what I found in the British Corpus:
    Could you tell me what is the policy of your party on this matter?
    There is a real question in the clause, and the verb form 'is' is not at the end of the sentence! Maybe, it's still possible to use the sentence pattern like the one above?

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    Re: where to put the verb in indirect question

    Oh, speaking of the BBC website - that's what I was concerned about. Now I know this is the most correct answer to my question.
    All I want to know now is whether it is still possible to speak, or write, like in the sentence taken from the British Corpus included in my previous post?


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    Could you tell me what is the policy of your party on this matter?
    correct

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    correct
    If you say it is correct, so there must an explanation to the question, 'WHY?' What made you think it is correct, please?


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    If you say it is correct, so there must an explanation to the question, 'WHY?' What made you think it is correct, please?
    179k hits means standard to me
    "could you * what is - Google keresÚs

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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    179k hits means standard to me
    "could you * what is - Google keresÚs
    Oh no, Svartnik, there's no way you can convince me to use the Google search if in doubt. I need a grammatical explanation to my topic.
    Thanks, anyway.


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    Re: where to put the verb in indirect question

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Oh no, Svartnik, there's no way you can convince me to use the Google search if in doubt. I need a grammatical explanation to my topic.
    Thanks, anyway.
    My grammar book says what I said is correct is incorrect, still, millions seem to be unaware of that.

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