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I'm wondering which of the following options is correct in writing:

  1. The question is how do we improve our French.
  2. The question is, how do we improve our French?
  3. The question is: How do we improve our French?
  4. The question is how we can improve our French.
  • All four variations work just fine, and they say the same thing. – Yosef Baskin Feb 27 '17 at 22:09
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The question is how we improve our French.

The question is how we can improve our French.

These are indirect questions and they take the normal word order and end without the question mark. The clauses beginning with question words can act as subjects, objects, complements or adverbials.

E.g. Do you know what she wanted? (object)

This is how much I did so far. (Complement)

How you divide up the money is your business. (subject)

I'd like to know how much it is.

  • A British friend of mine wrote "The question is how do we improve our French." Was he incorrect, or simply being colloquial? – Apollyon Feb 26 '17 at 12:28
  • More details and a lot of examples are available here:perfect-english-grammar.com/indirect-questions.html – mahmud koya Feb 26 '17 at 12:44
  • I know standard rules. What I'm curious about is my British friend's sentence. Does that reflect general British speech, or his dialect / idiolect? – Apollyon Feb 26 '17 at 13:15
  • He punctuated it incorrectly. It should have been direct speech: 'The question is: "how do we improve our French?"' – Peter Shor Jul 26 '17 at 18:57

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