Questions with subordinate (declarative) clauses at the end sound weird.

For example:

Can you grant me access to the document, since it is currently unavailable?

Where do I submit this, as the normal channel is closed?

Can you come back tomorrow, for he is currently unavailable?

While I understand that you can switch the position of the clause to the beginning or simply split them into two sentences, are these sentences still grammatically correct?

Edit: Stop saying why join the clauses at all! Those sentences are examples that doesnt have any meaning. Of course I know you can write it as such "Can you grant me access to the document? It is currently unavailable." But how does suggesting another way to rewrite my sentence into two answer my question??? I'm bring this up to figure this out, not to get answers on how to make one sentence two.

  • "For" (meaning "because") is literary, so it sounds really weird/awkward using it in a sentence like this. – Laurel Sep 23 '18 at 17:48
  • It's too bad that the question mark combines both intonation and termination. – AmI Sep 23 '18 at 18:03
  • Why would you not move the dependent clauses to the start of the sentences? What are you gaining by keeping the order as it is? (Even the answer that was given looks more strange than just reversing the order.) Although, actually, I can't see the reason for these particular dependent clauses in the first place. Except possibly the third one—and reversing the order would definitely be the most normal way of expressing that. – Jason Bassford Sep 24 '18 at 5:44
  • @Jason this is for purely discussion purposes, of course. I am gaining knowledge from asking this question (/s). I would not recommend my students to use this structure in writing. All I want to know is whether this is grammatically correct, as I often hear/use them in daily verbal conversations. – Felthiel Evershade Sep 24 '18 at 7:10
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    Yes you can write the sentences that way. They are grammatical. Far worse sentences have been written in English. – Arm the good guys in America Sep 24 '18 at 7:44

I believe this kind of structure is allowed grammatically, even though the results are sometimes awkward. One way of keeping the order of the clauses, while clarifying that the question really belongs to the first clause, might be to parenthesize the second clause:

Can you grant me access to the document (since it is currently unavailable)?

I'm speaking less from positive knowledge than intuition here, and I'm sure someone will want to give you the real technical answer to your question—and I'll be curious about the answer too!

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  • Thanks, your suggestion for using parenthesis is great! I will be using that from now on. – Felthiel Evershade Sep 24 '18 at 4:23

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