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Old 01-08-2013, 08:22 AM
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Hello, the English language masters out there, may I ask the following two sentences, which one is correct? Can both be used?

1. Do you know what a computer is?

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2. Do you know what is a computer?

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Hello, the English language masters out there, may I ask the following two sentences, which one is correct? Can both be used?

1. Do you know what a computer is?

or

2. Do you know what is a computer?

Thank you.


IMHO, #1 is acceptable verbally, but the tone seems to be a bit "put down", while #2 is the correct version in a written form.
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:08 PM
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I'd say no.1 is correct. No.2 is incorrect unless you drop "do you know" from the question, leaving just "What is a computer?"

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1. Do you know what a computer is?

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2. Do you know what is a computer?

Thank you.
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I am no language master but I'd go with # 1.
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Ms Forum Admin, what do you think of the responses so far?
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Ms Forum Admin, what do you think of the responses so far?

I know the first one is the right one but I am not sure of the second one. Now I know it is wrong to use the second one. Thank you.
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No. 1 is grammatically correct, so I'll say no. 1.
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Version 1 sounds like a put down because of the question not the structure of the sentence. What if one asks, ' Do you know what angioplasty is?' or ' Did you find out who he was?'

I remember my secondary school English that dealt with this kind of sentences.
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