is the verb at the end?

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is the verb at the end?

Postby pattypatty » Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:33 am

dear Alan
I have a doubt

is this question correct?
what do you think is the most important meal of the day?
or is it better
what do you think the most important meal of the day is?

I have checked some examples in the internet. The first sounds correct but I have found some sentences where the verb is after the subject. Example: what do you think you are?
what do you think a feminist is?

thanks a lot
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Re: is the verb at the end?

Postby Alan » Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:56 am

Technically, the second is correct, but, on account of the length of the subject phrase, the first would be considered acceptable by most speakers.


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