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A sentence that reports a question and ends with a period rather than a question mark

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I’m confused by how the term “syntactic marker” is used in CGEL

I am confused about the term syntactic marker as used in The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (CGEL), by Huddleston and Pullum. They say that to, for, that, but, and, nor, either, neither etc....
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Why don't indirect questions undergo subject-auxiliary inversion, like in languages like Spanish? [duplicate]

Just two days ago, I asked a question about indirect questions in Spanish and English. Usually, when we pose an indirect question in English, we first ask a direct question like this: "Do you ...
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Noun-verb Order in Indirect Questions compared with Direct Questions

Usually, when we ask an indirect question in English, we first ask a direct question, then we say the real question indirectly. But in Spanish, they say two direct questions. Why is English different? ...
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Which of these possible multi-choice answers is correct and why? [duplicate]

A Chinese teacher of English asked me about the following, taken from an English test for Chinese people. It's quite tricky I think. I would like to know three things: Which answer or answers do you ...
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Indirect questions with question mark [closed]

Is this an indirect question: You are probably wondering, what are they staring at? My instinct is to add a question mark, since, if you changed the construction to, You are probably asking, "...
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Indirect Question [grammar]

I was reviewing this article and had a question about some minor grammar issues. The whole sentence is "The current work attempts to solve this gap in CE knowledge by investigating how security ...
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I can't tell the difference between the area of where and the area where [closed]

Conservation: a People Centred Approach By Francis Gilbert, Hilary Gilbert The impact of climate change on animals and plants interacts with habitat loss and fragmentation. This is because the main ...
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Indirect questions: Can you explain how you will or how will you?

Do you say: "Can you explain me how you will do that?" or "Can you explain me how will you do that?" Thanks for clarifying.
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What do you think + indirect question. Part 2

"What do you think" + Indirect question? Dear John Lawler, should I infer from your detailed analysis that "what do you think..." at times does not involve using the indirect ...
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"What do you think" + Indirect question?

I ran into this sentence -What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of city life? which appeared as rubric in Cambridge Vocabulary For Advanced (Unit 1, p12), written by Haines Simon. I ...
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To answer indirect question starting with "Whether" using "Yes" or "No" [closed]

I have a technical document with the following table: (A comparison table of the functions that are used to search for and replace strings.) | Whether the search is case-sensitive -----...
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Using Interrogative Words [closed]

Which of these two is correct? Do you know what does this word mean? Do you know what this word means? And, which of these two is correct? This does not explain where does it come from. This does ...
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How to write a sentence containing a question within it?

I'm trying to figure out how to write this sentence in particular: And, who knows, it might actually work. What punctuation marks do I need to use? Is it correct? It just feels a bit off to me.
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Compound interrogative pronouns

I'm confused what compound interrogative pronoun are used for? And what meaning does it give to a sentence? For ex Whoever told you so? Which also means who told you so? But what meaning does a ...
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What is the grammatical function of 'where to meet them' in this sentence?

What is the grammatical function of 'where to meet them' in the sentence: Tell us where to meet them. Is it an object of the verb? It is not a noun phrase and doesn't look like a typical object.
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Indirect question set off by comma

"Will things ever be the same, is the question most people have." Is the above phrasing correct? The first part of the sentence is an indirect question, but I cannot find anything in Chicago that ...
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Question Tag moved forward in sentence

If a question tag were moved forward in a sentence, how would it be punctuated? And if the question tag were a parenthetical, would the sentence still be a question? There’s no point, is there, in ...
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Confusion with Embedded questions

Do you know? Who is Ann? We can say Do you know who Ann is? (not "Do you know who is Ann?" right?) So how do I combine the followings? Do you know? What is right or wrong? Do you know what right or ...
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What is the correct punctuation in the sentence "Shall I open the window or you will do it"

I have a sentence: Shall I open the window or you will do it. I wonder whether the second half of the sentence is grammatically correct (is it an indirect question?) and whether or not we need a ...
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'Would/do you mind' + whether (polite indirect questions)

Swan's 'Practical English Grammar' says: "Yes/no questions are reported with if or whether... whether and if can both introduce indirect questions." e.g: She asked me if/whether she could ...
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Indirect Questions [closed]

How do you transform this question into indirect form? Who will be the new replacement teacher? Then the transformation is: Can you please tell me who the replacement teacher will be? Or ...
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Indirect/Direct speech, Is/was: Another thing I wanted to ask is to whom I should submit

I am completely at a loss here. I know it's the basics, but do I say: Another thing I wanted to ask is to whom I should submit the paper or Another thing I wanted to ask is to whom should I ...
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Do two clauses have to be separated by a comma in a question?

Here is an example: He wondered who stole his television and why a calling card was left behind. Do I need to separate the two clauses (e.g. with a comma between 'television' and 'and')? Any ...
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Using punctuation within a question to create a pause

Is it possible to create a long pause (confusion) in the following question. 'You're maybe wondering how could that be. That she is considering running away?' Between 'be and that', I was ...
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Who do you think is he? [closed]

What is the question (do you think) inside the main question? Is there any name given to this sentence (do you think)? Is it correct to say "Whom do you think is he?"? If not, then, why?
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"What is it exactly you do do?" [duplicate]

In a Twin Peaks episode you can hear the following question: "So, Mr. Wheeler, what is it exactly you do do?". It seems to me quite weird. Is it correct? I suppose that the purpose of the second do ...
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Is there a name for this type of double speak?

My colleague will indirectly ask me to do something by using a statement Eg. John needs a form = can you print me a form to fill out on behalf of John. Her tone of voice does not indicate it's a ...
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Indirect question using the verb "amount to"

A amounts to B. Which of the following is the correct form of indirect question related to the above sentence? 1) Could you tell me to what A amounts? 2) Could you tell me what A amounts to? ...
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"How will history remember" vs "How history will remember"? [duplicate]

Context: there is a war going on. Actual use: A difficult winter is heading their way. But Jonas means to change all that. He finds himself wondering how will history remember this day. MS Word ...
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(in)direct question after the copula [duplicate]

I'm wondering which of the following options is correct in writing: The question is how do we improve our French. The question is, how do we improve our French? The question is: How do we improve our ...
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Question mark after “I don’t know what you want from me.”?

I’m getting mixed messages on which of the following punctuations is correct: I don’t know what you want from me. I don’t know what you want from me? It seems to be both an indirect question, ...
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Inversion/non-inversion in wh-questions with long phrases after the wh-words

Can a sentence like this: "I don't know who the first man that made such and such thing in such and such place was," be grammatically correct if we don't put "was" at the end of the long phrase, ...
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"Which embodiments the embodiments refer to IS / ARE unclear"

I'm working on a translation with a few variations of this sentence: Which part the underlined "drawings" refer to is unclear. However, this has tripped me up: Which embodiments the underlined "...
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wish to know what the correct order is

Here is a quote out of the novel "The Heiress": "...and it would have been difficult to decide who was the most gratified of the three; certainly Helen was not the least so." Shouldn't the correct ...
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Indirect questions and the word order

I am bit confused by the use of Indirect questions in the sentence. Moreover, it is being very difficult for me to use backshift method for interrogatives. In the given sentence, please tell me if ...
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Can you please tell me what is the food choice / what the food choice is? (inversion)

1a. "Can you please tell me what is the food choice for a vegetarian?" Why is there no inversion in the example above? I mean, why did the native English speaker who wrote the example not ...
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Indirect question vs objective clause

Which is right: Do you think it's a good idea to visit in mid August? Or Do you think if it's a good idea to visit in mid August? On one hand, if viewed as indirect question, if should not be ...
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Word order for subordinate questions

I know subordinate questions have no inversion. Should this sentence: "Do you know what are the good things to do around here?" be "Do you know what the good things are to do around here?" ...
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Word order: "Tell me what is your opinion on this matter" or "Tell me what your opinion on this matter is" [duplicate]

Tell me what is your opinion on this matter. Tell me what your opinion on this matter is. Which one is correct? I understand the word order in the sentence like I want to know where she is. But ...
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Should I use the question sign in a phrase started with "I'm wondering..."?

Is it correct to use the question sign ? for indirect questions started with the phrase "I'm wondering"? For example, I am wondering if you know his name? Formally this is not a question, ...
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Punctuation following "My question is..." [duplicate]

Forgive me if this has been asked before (if it has been, I couldn't find it) What punctuation, if any, should I use after "My question is..."? For example, My question is why is ice so ...
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Have I transformed this reported speech correctly? [closed]

She asked the teacher what should she do. Should it read as - She asked the teacher, What has to be done? Please explain why the sentence might be incorrect.
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"Tell me why I should marry you" or "Tell me why should I marry you?". Which is correct? [duplicate]

I have always followed the former rule, i.e, "Tell me why I should marry you" (without a question mark). But my cousin insists the latter is correct. He seems equally confident that he is correct. So ...
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Should an embedded question be set in quotation marks?

For example, given the following sentence, is it proper to set the enclosed question in quotation marks? The first question to ask is, “should quotation marks be used?” Any additional comments ...
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Indirect "be" question; word order

Caveat: There are a great number of similar questions I have found, but none has explained this specific thing. If the answer does exist and I have overlooked it, please let me know. So, I was under ...
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Where does the verb go on this question? Is it even a reported question?

I understand that when I report a question, I put the subject back in front of the verb, as in: "He asked if she was going to be late." But I always get puzzled when it comes to reporting a question ...
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"What's" in indirect questions

Lets consider the following: The book doesn't explain, "What's the wisdom behind education?" Changing this to an indirect question becomes the following: The book doesn't explain what the ...
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Why do we put the verb to be at the end of these questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Changing subject and verb positions in statements and questions Look at the following questions - can anyone give a simple grammatical explanation as to why we put the verb to ...
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When do "direct" and "indirect" questions become the same? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “I'm not sure what the right way is” Direct and indirect questions are not usually the same: What is your name? I don't know what your name is. But ...
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"I can't seem to" vs "I can't"

I am wondering why would someone say "I can't seem to" instead of simply saying "I can't". Is there any specific difference between the two? Is the former usage informal? Is it correct to say that the ...
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