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What is the difference between the following.

"You know where he is"

and

"You know where is he"

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One is English, the other one isn't. Sorry but I have to close. –  RegDwigнt Mar 1 '12 at 22:17
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There was a question about exactly this topic the other day -- embedded vs non-embedded questions and subject-verb inversion. –  John Lawler Mar 1 '12 at 22:48
    
@RegDwightѬſ道 Okay, that is interesting, but you didn't mention which one is English and which one is not? –  Noah Mar 1 '12 at 23:58
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Where is he? Do you know where he is?

Yes, I know where he is.

The natural subject-predicate order is inverted in special questions (those beginning with an interrogative pronoun such as what, where, etc), but not in object clauses.

By object clause I mean a clause that substitutes a single-word object. For example:

I know [him]. I know [this song]. I know [where he is].

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