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Say we have the following sentence : The further information I need is to know in which building is the class held. Is it grammatically correct to place is where it's placed in the sentence, or should it be moved after the word class, like this: ...in which building the class is held. The sentence isn't interrogative, so my guess is the second variant is fine, but I'm not sure of the first one.

  • @Yosef Baskin I didn't write it, this is an extraction from a longer text created by a non-native speaker , that is, an average English learner. It's just that specific word-order mentioned in the question I'm interested in. – user74749 Aug 7 '17 at 22:46
  • @Yosef Baskin I didn't post the question to discuss whether the word order is poor and even horrible or not. The only thing I'm concerned about is the correct placing of "is". – user74749 Aug 7 '17 at 23:41
  • in which building the class is held sounds to me as good as it's going to get. – Xanne Aug 8 '17 at 4:17
  • More informal but ok-sounding to me, with rather fewer words, is "I also need to know which building the class is in". – Blaise Zydeco Aug 15 '17 at 11:42
  • It’s clear both that you did post the question to discuss the word order, as in Is it grammatically correct to place is where it's placed… and that this belongs in English Language Learners ell.stackexchange.com Your problems all lie in what you seem to think of as the irrelevant part: The… information… is …. That is is in the wrong place. The… information… is … in which building is the class held works. The… information… is … in which building is the class held works. The… information… is … which building holds/held the class works. – Robbie Goodwin Aug 21 '17 at 20:39
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To a native speaker, the wording sounds kind of awkward.

One non-interrogative suggestion that retains the meaning is:

The additional information I need to know is which building the class is held.

  • To a native speaker, your suggestion sounds ungrammatical. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 7 '17 at 21:10
  • The quoted sentence isn't flawless, I know, and I've no idea who's the author. I'm just curious which of my two versions is correct, and which is not, and why. – user74749 Aug 7 '17 at 22:53
  • @user74749 Ah I see. The first version "The further information I need is to know in which building is the class held" is not correct because the "further information" is not "to know..." The second version "The further information I need to know in which building the class is held" is not correct because the "further information" is not referring to anything at all. – Sritej Attaluri Aug 7 '17 at 23:00
  • @Sritej Attaluri Those aren't the mistakes I referred in the question. I put the emphasis on a different aspect at all. Where should "is" be placed, and why. It's just a bad example of a broader subject, just think of a sentence structure similar to this. – user74749 Aug 7 '17 at 23:13

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