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Tell me what does that say? vs Tell me what that say. #1 (permalink) Fri May 08, 2009 17:55 pm   Tell me what does that say? vs Tell me what that say.
 

English Error, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #22 "Read before you sign", question 6

B. Now, let me have a closer look at this. Tell me which does that say?

(a) closer
(b) which
(c) that

English Error, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #22 "Read before you sign", answer 6

B. Now, let me have a closer look at this. Tell me what does that say?

Correct entry: what
The error was: (b) which
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Tell me what does that say?- Is this word order correct? It shouldn' t be - Tell me what that say.
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Tell me what does that say? vs Tell me what that say. #2 (permalink) Fri May 08, 2009 19:06 pm   Tell me what does that say? vs Tell me what that say.
 

He says something.
Does he say anything?
What does he say?
Tell me what does he say?

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Tell me what does that say? vs Tell me what that say. #3 (permalink) Fri May 08, 2009 21:13 pm   Tell me what does that say? vs Tell me what that say.
 

Thank you Violino,

But I still have doubts. In my opinion it is indirect speech so word order should be different.

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Tell me what does that say? vs Tell me what that say. #4 (permalink) Fri May 08, 2009 21:34 pm   Tell me what does that say? vs Tell me what that say.
 

It is a question, and questions of that sort are always asked with 'to do'.

You don't say:

'What you say?'

You say:

'What did you say?'
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Tell me what does that say? vs Tell me what that say. #5 (permalink) Fri May 08, 2009 21:47 pm   Tell me what does that say? vs Tell me what that say.
 

Anlab wrote:
In my opinion it is indirect speech

This is not indirect speech ;)
The answer might be in reported speech, though.
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Tell me what does that say? vs Tell me what that say. #6 (permalink) Sun May 10, 2009 9:20 am   Tell me what does that say? vs Tell me what that say.
 

This must not be confused with "Tell me what that says", which is a command.

The sentence for which this thread was born starts out like a command -- "Tell me" -- before the interrogative portion is launched. This is a fine point, but to hammer home the obviousness of the need for a question mark, I'd include a comma:

"Tell me, what does that say?"

To recap:

Interrogative: "Tell me(,) what does that say?"
Command: Tell me what that says.

The word "what" does not necessarily connote a question.
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