Sentence Type


What is the difference between the two following sentences:


1. Why are you late?

2. Why you are late./?


Can sentence 2 be regarded as statement or question?

When are such sentences used?

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Sentence #1 is a properly formed interrogative sentence (question).

Sentence #2 cannot be considered a properly formed sentence.  It begins with the word "why" which is an interrogative pro-word, marking the beginning of a dependent clause or an interrogative sentence.

One of the things that English does to form questions is to invert the subject/verb pair (as in sentence #1).  In the absence of that inversion, it's still a declarative sentence/clause.  As #2 is written, there would have to be more to it in order to make it a properly formed sentence.

link comment answered Apr 03 '12 at 14:29 Erik Czerwin Contributor

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