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What is the grammatical term for sentences like:

  1. Do you know where he lives?"

  2. I can’t imagine how he did it."

In those sentences we use what is essentially an interrogative sentence (bolded), but we do not use inversion. We can't say, "Do you know where does he live?"

Now I want to know the correct way of referring to such constructions. I read somewhere "double interrogative sentence" or similar, but I'm not sure.

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    "Embedded question". (And "how" and "where" are not relative pronouns.) – Greg Lee Mar 27 '15 at 18:45
  • EstrellaMountain give a nice explanation. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 27 '15 at 20:46
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In Do you know where he lives?, the interrogative part is do you know ?.

I do not think where he lives is interrogative.

Where is simply acting as a relative pronoun, not an interrogative one, as in That is the house where he lives.

As regards I can't imagine how he did it there is no interrogation at all. It is not even a question, simply a statement of fact.

  • "You'll wonder where the yellow went" = "You'll wonder: 'Where did the yellow go?'" – Greg Lee Mar 27 '15 at 18:51
  • I didnt ask for this... see the correct answer above, Thnx by the way – Tanvir Mar 28 '15 at 6:27

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