I have a problem with combining two questions in one sentence. Let me show you an example:

Which graphic shows how motorists should park in the public car park?


Who can inform them how they can get there?

Is the second part of the questions correct? (motorists before modal and verb) Any rules for that?

Is there any name for tenses like this? Probably not indirect questions or embedded questions.

Best regards

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    I don't see two questions in your example sentences. "Which graphic" and "Who can inform" are the questions to which you'd expect an answer. – Centaurus Mar 26 at 16:19
  • What's wrong with embedded questions? The first sentence looks good (but do you really mean the public car park, or are you talking about public car parks generally - if so you should use a rather than the). The second one is clear but in my opinion it's not idiomatic. Better to use the verb tell and put the embedded question in an infinitve clause - Who can tell them how to get there? – user339660 Mar 26 at 16:51
  • Sorry. I just don't understand why 'motorists' is before 'should' and 'they' before 'can'. Is this some kind of inversion? @Minty – Jelcz Mar 26 at 16:57
  • @Jelcz, it's more that there is no inversion (the form is the same as for a statement). Inversion only happens in the main clause. An embedded question appears in a subordinate clause so it does not get inverted (quotes are different - did he ask "how did you get home?" = did he ask how you got home?) – user339660 Mar 26 at 17:18
  • If a question's subject matter is a question, those who are interested in such things will understand if you call it a metaquestion, even if no one has used that word before. I assume that metaquestions are part of the subject matter of metalogic, which (I gather) is a serious discipline. – Anton Sherwood Mar 27 at 5:18

The question is only Which graphic or Who is it that can show them. Your second part is only a modifier describing what you want from the graphic or the who. Both of these are correct.

Edit; Just noticed the question asked for more.

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