EnglishClub
Home Learn English Teach English MyEnglishClub Home Learn English Teach English MyEnglishClub

Please note that these ESL Forums are NOT part of MyEnglishClub. To post at these ESL Forums please register ↑ first.

Do you know what the matter was?

English grammar help. Grammar questions from ESL learners

Moderator: Alan

Do you know what the matter was?

Postby carolgrey » Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:57 am

Hi,

Do you know what the matter was?
Do you know what was the matter?

Why is the first wrong?

Thank you.
carolgrey
Member
 
Posts: 10
Joined: Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:23 am
Status: English Learner

Re: Do you know what the matter was?

Postby Alan » Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:36 am

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.
User avatar
Alan
EC Teacher
EC Teacher
 
Posts: 12041
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2003 7:56 pm
Location: Japan
Status: English Teacher


Return to Grammar Help

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 12 guests