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I don't know what you find disgusting.

Is this an indirect sentence?

Is 'I don't know' a very typical way to begin an indirect sentence?

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Hi,

I don't know what you find disgusting.

Is this an indirect sentence?

Is 'I don't know' a very typical way to begin an indirect sentence?

I don't see anything particularly indirect about this.

It just states a fact, in the same way that I might say

I don't know what Obama likes for breakfast.

Clive
Sorry, I meant to say indirect question. Is it an indirect question?
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Hi,

Let me ask you this.

What would the direct question be?

Clive
What do you find disgusting?

I'm starting to realise this isn't a indirect question.

Why is the word order reversed then? Just because it is a noun clause? And that's the way it is?
Hi,

What do you find disgusting?

I'm starting to realise this isn't a indirect question. True.

Why is the word order reversed then? Just because it is a noun clause? And that's the way it is?

Yes.

Actually, I find it more useful to look at it this way. The statement word order is the normal word order, and to make a question you use a special word order.

Clive
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CliveThe statement word order is the normal word order, and to make a question you use a special word order.
Hang on, the word order of the noun clause is reversed, but we both agree it is not a question... What's going on there? Emotion: smile
Hi,

Tom finds oysters disgusting,

Does Tom find oysters disgusting?



Oysters are what Tom finds disgusting.

What does Tom find disgusting?



The only word order that seems special to me is that of the questions. I sometimes refer to it as 'the question word order'. Perhaps that term might suit you better. As I suggested yesterday, to me the main point is understanding the meaning of the sentence rather than the terminology. Emotion: smile

Clive
CliveHi,

Tom finds oysters disgusting,

Does Tom find oysters disgusting?



Oysters are what Tom finds disgusting.

What does Tom find disgusting?



The only word order that seems special to me is that of the questions. I sometimes refer to it as 'the question word order'. Perhaps that term might suit you better. As I suggested yesterday, to me the main point is understanding the meaning of the sentence rather than the terminology.

Clive

Thanks, Clive. I now see that my sentence and yours without question marks are not questions, not indirect questions, just normal sentences.

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