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I'm very confused with these words. Which is best applied in my project? Please help me with this problem because I need to submit my project tomorrow.

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closed as unclear what you're asking by Janus Bahs Jacquet, RegDwigнt Nov 6 '13 at 11:26

Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what you're asking. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Welcome to ELU. Could you edit your question to include three or four sentences of your text? Either word-order can be used in specific circumstances and we don't know the way you're using them. Searching the site for something like question word order might also help you. – Andrew Leach Nov 6 '13 at 8:13
Here are some usages: I don't know who my friends are. I wonder, who my friends are. Who are my friends? People, who are my friends... See what applies best to you, more context would help. – Preetie Sekhon Nov 6 '13 at 8:30
@Preetie Sekhon 'I wonder, who my friends are.' is a misusage. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 6 '13 at 9:05
"Suits best" for what? I doubt the following answers will have cleared up your confusion. Are you asking about the validity of these two phrases: "Who are my friends?" and "Who my friends are?" Do you want to know which one is a question? – Mari-Lou A Nov 6 '13 at 11:38

It depends on context.

Who my friends are is a free relative clause, which acts as a noun phrase inside a sentence.

I know who my friends are.
Who my friends are is still unclear.

Who are my friends may be a freestanding question, or it may be a bound relative clause which modifies a preceding noun phrase:

Who are my friends?
Carol and Brad, who are my friends, were also there.

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Who are my friends? Always results in a question.

*Who my friends are, ..." Mostly doesn't result in a question.

For the examples I'll be using the same meaning but said in both ways.

Who are my friends? I don't know...

Who my friends are, I don't know.

In the first example sentence the answer is definitive. He simply doesn't know who his friends are. No further information.

In the second example sentence you can use a follow up.

Who my friends, I don't know. But I have to find out.

Hope this helps :)

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Who are my friends? is a complete sentence, a question.

Who my friends are is not a complete sentence, but is the form that the question takes when it is embedded in another sentence, eg I wonder who my friends are.

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"Who are my friends?" I think is correct. Grammatically this is the subject of the sentence.

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How could you possibly know it is correct when there is no context? – gelolopez Nov 6 '13 at 8:37
What do you mean that “this” (what?) is the subject of the sentence? This answer makes no sense. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Nov 6 '13 at 9:32

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