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    #1

    which form is more appropriate?

    Hello everyone

    I'd like to ask the following question.

    1. I'd like to ask what does it mean?
    2. I'd like to ask what it means?

    I have a feeling that I've seen both these variants used. But is there any difference between them (maybe stylistic) or not?


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    Re: which form is more appropriate?

    The first is more correctly "I would like to ask, 'What does it mean?'." It is an indirect question.

    The second is a direct question and the more usual.

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    Re: which form is more appropriate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    The first is more correctly "I would like to ask, 'What does it mean?'." It is an indirect question.

    The second is a direct question and the more usual.
    Thank you very much, Anglika.

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    Re: which form is more appropriate?

    Anglika, sorry for asking you one more time, but did I understand you correctly?

    "I would like to ask, 'What does it mean?'." is an indirect question.
    "I'd like to ask what it means?" is a direct question.


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    Re: which form is more appropriate?

    Yes, you did.

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    Re: which form is more appropriate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Yes, you did.
    Thank you very much again, Anglika!

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