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—What a way to end my vacation!
NOTE: Don’t forget that what and how are most frequently used in questions:
—What did you say?
—How much does it cost? INTERROGATIVES IN DEPENDENT CLAUSES
In the dialogue for this chapter, you saw:
—Do you know where I can cut off the water? (correct)
This construction can be troublesome for learners of English, because there is a tendency to make the
dependent clause (where I can cut off...) a question as well:
—Do you know where can I cut off the water? (incorrect)
Both do you know and where can I cut off the water are legitimate questions when used separately. However,
when combined in a single sentence the main clause (Do you know...) carries the full weight of the
Here are some additional examples:
—Do you see it? Where is it?
—>Do you see where it is?
—Do you know when? When does he arrive?
—>Do you know when he arrives?
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