Is it correct sentence: "Could you please explain why have these invoices been cancelled?" Or "Could you please explain why these invoices have been cancelled?" I heard that that have should always stay before noun.
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closed as off topic by RegDwigнt♦ Jun 5 '13 at 21:28
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The first is a direct question: Why has this been done?
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The trick to understanding where to place "have" is to understand the use of the word "why." If used to introduce a question, you would want to put the have first: "Why have these invoices been cancelled?" If used to introduce a noun clause, you want to put the have next to the word been: "why these invoices have been cancelled." In your original sentence, you are using why as a noun clause, so you should phrase it as: "Could you please explain why these invoices have been cancelled?"
That noted, as @TrevorD mentioned, "Why have these invoices been cancelled?" is a more direct, and often preferred, version in written English.