Don't worry, I'm not going to ask you anything about your personal life!
The reason for this title is that there is a certain type of question in English that Spanish speakers find very difficult and these are called "embedded questions!"
Rather than give you a long explanation about the grammar associated with this, I am going to give you an example of a common mistake I hear all the time:
"Do you know, where is my book?"
Wow, yes, I hear that all the time. Even from English "cracks" :)
So, why it is wrong? Well, when you start a question with "Do you know..." this becomes an "embedded question" which means you need to alter the second part of the question.
"Where is my book?" is fine as a question BY ITSELF but not when it is preceded by "Do you know..."
So, what is the correct version? Well, you need to put the verb at the end of the question:
"Do you know, where my book is?"
"Do you know" is only one example of how you can start an embedded question. Here are some others:
- Can/Could you tell me...
- Would you happen to know...
Hope that helps!
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