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    what the rule is...

    Hi

    Is it correct: Try to think what the rule is for putting .... in these gaps.

    Maybe: Try to think what is the rule....

    thanks

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    #2

    Re: what the rule is...

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Is it correct: Try to think what the rule is for putting .... in these gaps.

    Maybe: Try to think what is the rule....

    thanks
    Hi, GUEST2008!

    Well...I prefer..'Try to think what the rule is for putting...'
    However, 'Try to think what is the rule....' might be OK, too, I suppose.

    I've heard a native speaker say...
    'Tell me what's the matter.' instead of 'Tell me what the matter is.'

    I'm not a native speaker of English.
    Please forgive me if I'm wrong.

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    Re: what the rule is...

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Is it correct: Try to think what the rule is for putting .... in these gaps.

    Maybe: Try to think what is the rule....

    thanks
    The first sentence is correct. This is not a question, so you can not use the second sentence, which has question grammar.

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    #4

    Re: what the rule is...


    I was wrong...
    Please ignore my previous post...

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    Re: what the rule is...

    I know what the rule is.

    There is no rule; there are usage guidelines that conform to complete sentences.

    In a direct question, native English speakers usually say, "What is the rule for this?"

    Indirect questions and statements using these words must be dealt with on a case-by case basis.

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    Re: what the rule is...

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    I know what the rule is.

    There is no rule; there are usage guidelines that conform to complete sentences.

    In a direct question, native English speakers usually say, "What is the rule for this?"

    Yes, they don't say, 'What the rule for this is?' So I would say there is a rule: question grammar for direct questions and statement grammar for statements.

    Indirect questions and statements using these words must be dealt with on a case-by case basis.
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    Re: what the rule is...

    Hello, everyone!

    It is somebody else's thread...but I'd like to ask this here.
    (Please allow me to do so, GUEST2008)

    Which would you(native speakers) say, 'Tell me what's the matter.' or 'Tell me what the matter is.'?

    Thank you in advance!

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    Re: what the rule is...

    I would say:

    Tell me what the matter is.

    OR

    Tell me: What's the matter.

    take care

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    #9

    Re: what the rule is...

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, everyone!

    It is somebody else's thread...but I'd like to ask this here.
    (Please allow me to do so, GUEST2008)

    Which would you(native speakers) say, 'Tell me; what's the matter.' or 'Tell me what the matter is.'?

    Thank you in advance!
    I would use, and have used, both forms, the first is a question, the second is a statement.

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    Re: what the rule is...

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would use, and have used, both forms, the first is a question, the second is a statement.
    So the first should end with a question mark.

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