Order of the words in the sentence - does it make it a question or not?
Are these two sentences exactly equivalent?
Sentence 1: I was wondering how many bins should I fill before I go.
Sentence 2: I was wondering how many bins I should fill before I go.
How are the words "should I" and "I should" classified grammatically?
Does the first sentence imply some sort of a question?
This is a good question, Marek. In sentence #2, you are making a statement that says, "There is some sort of question." I have often seen people mistakenly end this sentence with a question mark. But you have written it correctly. Stating that there is a question is not the same as asking the question. This is a statement and that ends with a period.
The alternative is the wording you used in sentence #1, but with some punctuation added.
I was wondering, "How many bins should I fill before I go?"
The simplest sentence consists of a noun & a verb.
Flipping the words around turns it into a question.
|link||answered Feb 27 '12 at 18:31 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|
The content of the two sentences is, in an irrelevant way, equivalent, yes. However, the equivalency is pointless because the first sentence presents a mistaken usage. It _can_ be corrected, as Patty T shows in her response, but the second sentence properly says what needs to be said.
|link comment||answered Jun 03 '13 at 18:39 David Ziegler New member|
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