Scotland will export haggis to which country for the first time in 46 years?

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Hi,

I think the normal sequence to ask a question would be:
Which country will Scotland export haggis to for the first time in 46 years?

But in a quiz, the structure turns to be:
Scotland will export haggis to which country for the first time in 46 years?

Does that mean in a quiz you can put the question words such as "what, why and who" somewhere into the sentence instead?

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Yes ... and not only in a quiz.
 

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Hi,

I think the normal sequence to ask a question would be:
Which country will Scotland export haggis to for the first time in 46 years?

But in a quiz, the structure turns to be:
Scotland will export haggis to which country for the first time in 46 years?

Does that mean in a quiz you can put the [STRIKE]question words[/STRIKE] interrogative pronouns such as "what, why and who" [STRIKE]somewhere into[/STRIKE] in the middle of the sentence instead?

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The second question is wrong English which should not be used.
 

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You often omit the comma before a non-defining relative clause.

That was an oversight but then I find commas tend to break the continuity of a sentence. IMO, it matters only if there is ambiquity.
 

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That would be likely to create ambiguity as the punctuation distinguishes the type of relative clause.
 

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Hi,

I think the normal sequence to ask a question would be:
Which country will Scotland export haggis to for the first time in 46 years?

But in a quiz, the structure is:
Scotland will export haggis to which country for the first time in 46 years?

Does that mean in a quiz you can put the question words such as "what, why and who" somewhere into the sentence instead?

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As that sentence demonstrates, you don't always have to start the sentence with one of those words.
 

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This structure can also be used in expressions of surprise:

"Scotland will export haggis to which country for the first time in 46 years??????"

In this case, "which country" would be stressed in speech.
 
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