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Interrogative word in a normal statement

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Hi, I'm looking for an example of an affirmative statement, which begins with an WH-word and might be confused with a question if I looked just at the first couple of words.

Can a sentence like that exist at all?

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donald remero [ Moderator ]

Some possibilities:

  • Where he went was nobody's business.
  • Why she stood there for so long was anybody's guess.
  • What I ate for dinner last night was the strangest thing I'd ever had.
  • When the day ends, the night begins.
  • How I did it you'll never know.

I think, though, perhaps what you are really looking for is an instance where the interrogative word is followed immediately by a verb as in "Where did...," "Why would...," "What is...," "When was...," "How are," etc. That is probably the only way that you could be legitimately confused by seeing only the first few words.

In which case, the example below is the only thing I can come up with.

  • Who was there, she could not tell.

You can, of course, always simply make the question itself (the whole interrogative phrase) the subject of the sentence, but it is often hard to justify not using quotation marks, which helps precisely to avoid making such a mistake, as in:

  • "Where did she go?" was the question that was always on my mind.

If this type of formulation meets your requirements, then you can easily use this same basic recipe with any of the other interrogative words to equal effect.

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