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22 October 2011

QUESTION WORDS: INVERTING THE SUBJECT AND VERB


QUESTION WORDS: INVERTING THE SUBJECT AND VERB

Many students still confused about when to invert the subject and verb after question words like what, when, where, why, and how. In a sentence, these words can have two very different functions. The first function is they can introduce a question. In this case, the subject and verb that are following them are inverted.

What is your problem?
When can Mona go?
Where is Jack going?

The second function is these words can also join together two clauses. In this case, the subject and verb that are following are not inverted.

I know what your problem is.
When Mona can go, Mona will take the bus to the airport.
Do you know where Jack is going?

There are two clauses in the example above that joined by a question word. You should notice that the subjects and verbs which follow the question words what, when, and where are not inverted.


Now, take a look at the following example:



In the example above, the question word why is used to connect the two clauses. Therefore, a subject and verb are needed after this connector. You should know that this is not a question. So, the subject and verb should not be inverted.

The best answer is therefore answer (C).

Now look at the chart below:


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