“What’s” in indirect questions

Lets consider the following: The book doesn’t explain, "What’s the wisdom behind education?" Changing this to an indirect question becomes the following: The book doesn’t explain what the wisdom behind education is. Now, I found many instances on Google where structures like this weren’t really converted to indirect questions. For example: The book doesn’t explain … Read more

“I can’t seem to” vs “I can’t”

I am wondering why would someone say “I can’t seem to” instead of simply saying “I can’t“. Is there any specific difference between the two? Is the former usage informal? Is it correct to say that the following two phrases are equivalent? I can’t seem to do something. It seems that I can’t do something. … Read more

Long subjects in indirect questions

I know that to indirectly ask: What is your name? I should say something like: I don’t know what your name is. But what if the subject of question is longer than “your name“? Something like: What is the benefit of closing school when there’s a flu outbreak It just doesn’t sound so good to … Read more

What’s the best way to write a reported question?

Which of the following is correct: People ask me, what Google.com is? or People ask me, what is Google.com? Answer The correct formulation is what my idea is. It’s called a “noun clause” or a “content clause.” The other order is used for asking questions. It could be used in a direct quotation (e.g., People … Read more

Is the inversion in “Let’s see ʜᴏᴡ ᴄᴀɴ ᴡᴇ do this” an error for “Let’s see ʜᴏᴡ ᴡᴇ ᴄᴀɴ do this”?

I’m reading about the C++ Boost library, and the following sentence from Boost.ORG drew my attention: Once the two steps have been successfully completed, the process can start writing to and reading from the address space to send to and receive data from other processes. Now, let’s see how can we do this using Boost.Interprocess. … Read more

What is the correct punctuation for an indirect question?

I’m wondering how it is correct to structure sentence and what punctuation should be used. In particular, is the next sentence correct: I was wondering if there’s any progress on the issue. Or should I put a question mark in the end of it. Also, can it be restructured to: I was wondering: is there … Read more