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Do you know what the matter was?
Do you know what was the matter?
Why is the first wrong?
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The standard order of elements in a nominal clause subordinated to an interrogative is COMPLEMENT (here "what") - SUBJECT ("the matter") -VERB ("was").
Informally, however, the second type of word order is not uncommon.
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