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Who do you think is the most envied woman in the world?

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  1. rapadox

    rapadox Senior Member

    Slovakia
    Slovak & Czech
    HELLO! Can someone explain me this word order?

    Sentence: Who do you think is the most envied woman in the world?

    I would say it this way: Who do you think the most envied woman in the world is?

    We have already one swaped word order so there cannot be 2 swaped or?

    Can anyone explain this?


    Thank you
     
  2. Fictional Senior Member

    India - Hindi
    I'm afraid I haven't understood your question clearly. Still from whatever I have read, I would always use the first sentence as it's the most prominent way of saying it. Although, it doesn't mean your second sentence is wrong. To me, even the second version makes sense.
     
  3. Giorgio Spizzi Senior Member

    Italian
    Hullo.

    Interesting question, Fict, but I believe the length of the Subject makes the first option more plausible.

    (? Who do you think the most envied woman and the oldest man in the world are?)

    GS
     
  4. rapadox

    rapadox Senior Member

    Slovakia
    Slovak & Czech
    It sounds better to me too, but the grammar logic should follow my suggestion, shouldn't it? I also say: Who do you think he would invite to the party. not Who do you think would he invite to the party. or another example: I don't know who the president is. not I don't know who is the president.


    Can any native speaker tell us the truth behind this? Thanks
     

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