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Grammar question

Hello,

Would you tell me please why the first sentance bellow is wrong and why should we use the second formulation instead? Why should we not reverse "you" and "are" in this type of -ing question?

1) Can you tell me where are you going? (Wrong)

2) Can you tell me where you are going? (Correct)

Thanks for your help

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i think both sentences are technically correct. I would use sentence 1st when speaking because it is more natural to me but the 2nd is maybe more natural to others.

Source: Native english speaker

EDIT: Sorry i should say that i am the native speaker in case i confused you!

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I'm afraid I have to disagree there. The second sentence is the correct one. The first would sound correct only if there was a pause in the middle:

Can you tell me.... Where are you going?

Why do you not have to reverse the order of the words? Well think of it like this, 'Can you...' is the question. Can you what? Can you - tell me where you are going.

I think this would be the same in French?

Où allez-vous?

Pouvez-vous me dire où vous allez?

(Native English speaker)

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Hello @Gavier, and thank you for your help.

On reflection, I think you're right it's the second one which is grammaticaly correct. But to say that the first is false .. I don't know ..

However, the two French construction are possible, but "Pouvez-vous me dire où allez-vous?" is really much more natural than the other one.

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No problem :-) I can't say for sure regarding the french as I'm very much a student. I'm absolutely confident with the English however. I've been looking for an online resource that might explain it better and this is about the best I can find. Hope it helps!

http://speakspeak.com/resources/english-grammar-rules/questions/structures-of-indirect-questions

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Thanks @jackmchugh12 the first one is more natural to me, too. But rejected in a test. Any way, that I really don't want it's taken bad habits.

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https://www.duolingo.com/jackmchugh12

a bit strange that it is not accepted. I think you should report it. you may surprised to know that even though i am a native speaker it can be hard to tell if some things that i say everyday are actually grammically correct. But don't worry! Even if any of them are slighty wrong you would be understood if you used any of the 2 sentences :)

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I am a native English speaker, so I can't really explain why, but the first is not correct, and the second is perfect and natural.

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