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Hanni9
Vietnam

Please help me!
 
Please help me with this sentence:
"the doctor told her to sit down and asked what was the matter with her?
In this sentence, there is one mistake. I think it is the underlined part. However, I am rather confused when correcting it. Is it right if WHAT THE MATTER WAS WITH HER or WHAT THE MATTER WITH HER WAS? thanks

29 Aug 2011      



Apodo
Australia

I would say it this way:
 
The doctor told her to sit down and asked (her) what the matter was.
 
With her is redundant because we know she is the patient.
 
´What ´s the matter with her? ´ the mother of the sick child asked the doctor.
The mother of the sick child asked the doctor what the matter was.
but
´What ´s wrong with her? ´
The mother of the sick child asked the doctor what was wrong with her.
 
 
 
 

29 Aug 2011     



GIOVANNI
Canada

Personally, I can ´t see anything wrong with the sentence.  The only thing I would change would be the question mark at the end.  I would put a period if you don ´t put a " at the end of the quotation.  I would also put a capital at the beginning of the sentence.
"the doctor told her to sit down and asked what was the matter with her?
 
The doctor told her to sit down and asked what was the matter with her.

29 Aug 2011     



Hanni9
Vietnam

Thanks all for your help

30 Aug 2011