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novice_81

Senior Member
German
Hi

There are two sentences:


1. Should I write X or Y, or does it depend on the context?
2. Should I write X or Y, or it depends on the context?

I know that the first one is correct, i.e., ...or does it depend....

Are these two separate questions within one sentence that's why I have to say: Should I... and ...or does it depend.... or maybe there is some othe rule which says that I have to write it so?
 
  • timpeac

    Senior Member
    English (England)
    Hi

    There are two sentences:


    1. Should I write X or Y, or does it depend on the context?
    2. Should I write X or Y, or it depends on the context?

    I know that the first one is correct, i.e., ...or does it depend....

    Are these two separate questions within one sentence that's why I have to say: Should I... and ...or does it depend.... or maybe there is some othe rule which says that I have to write it so?
    I'm not completely sure I've understood the question but I'll try -

    Inversion is the usual way to form a question which is why number 1 is fine. Raising your voice but not inverting is a rather colloquial way of asking a question and quite common in speech, but not really in writing which is why number 2 is not correct.
     
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