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A type of question

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A type of question

Postby Rustamsher » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:58 pm

I am interested in the kind of questions in which word order is different from normal questions after we add "Do you know", May I ask"...
For example:
What is it? But after adding "Do you know" the word order is different:
Do you know WHAT IT IS

Or another example:
What is your phone number?
But: May I ask WHAT YOUR PHONE NUMBER IS?

Is there a grammatical name for bold sentences?
Thanks.
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Re: A type of question

Postby Alan » Fri Oct 18, 2013 3:45 am

They are generally termed embedded noun clauses.
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