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What do you think ____?
A. is the matter B.it is the matter C.the matter is D.the matter is that
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This sentence is built by raising "what".

Do you think the matter is what?

Do you think what the matter is?

What do you think the matter is?

Answer :C

paco
Hi qingqing,

I think the answer is A.

What, do you think, is the matter?

The basic question is: what is the matter?
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I would be happy with either A or C.
Hello Julielai

It's not bad we sometimes clash each other. I bet my $0.02 on C.

paco
Actually, yours is just fine. It's just that I hear A more often. But again, I'm just tossing my 2 yens into the forum infobank. Emotion: smile Emotion: smile
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The sentence in the original question contains no comma. So it should be so called "indirect wh-question". They use an inversion in "do you" that we don't need to make another inversion like "what is the matter".

By the way which one do you think the subject is in the sentence "what is the matter?", "what" or "the matter"? I bet my another $ 0.02 on "the matter".

paco
I put the commas there just to help "visualize" the question.

To me, this is similar to:

Who do you think is going to be the next president?

Which of the two do you think will be chosen?

Again, I am betting my two yens on my imperfect English instinct.

Edited to add: I'm afraid I can't analyze this in terms of subject/object. I've had 12 years of traumatizing grammar lessons, and when I turned 21, I told myself, "forget grammar." Emotion: smile
[1] Who do you think is going to be the next president?
[2]Which of the two do you think will be chosen?

I agree these two are absolutely correct.
[1] Who is going to be the next president?
[2] Which will be chosen?
Both "who" and "which" stand as the subect in the questioning sentences.

But "what" in "what is the matter?" is a complement.

paco
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