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Hi,

I want to form an indirect question from this direct question:

"Where can I find a good shopping mall?"

I want to form the indirect questions with "Can you tell me..."

If the indirect question is "Can you tell me where I can find a good shopping mall," why does "I"go before "can?"

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park green 757If the indirect question is "Can you tell me where I can find a good shopping mall,"

No. That whole group of words is not the indirect question. An indirect question is always only a part of a sentence. The indirect question is underlined below:

Can you tell me where I can find a good shopping mall?

(The direct question is the whole sentence.)

park green 757why does "I" go before "can"?

It's a rule of English. Only direct questions (and a few other constructions) feature subject-verb inversion. Indirect questions do not participate in subject-verb inversion.

See Question about question for a lot more details on indirect questions (also called embedded questions).

CJ

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