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  1. Where was the historic six point programme declared?
  2. Where the historic six point programme was declared?

I know the first one is 100% correct. Is no 2 correct? Is any special rule with no 2?

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You can frame an indirect question like this:

Can you tell me where the historic six point programme was declared?

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declarative The movie was filmed in Paris.

direct question Where was the movie filmed?

indirect question Do you know where the movie was filmed?

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The second sentence is not a valid question and does not have the same meaning as the first.

1.Where was the historic six point programme declared?

Here, you are asking for the location (physical/geographical or perhaps logical) where the declaration of the programme you refer to was made.

On the contrary:

2.Where the historic six point programme was declared?

Is not asking anything, and sounds more like a statement with a question mark at the end. You could perhaps use such a phrase/fragment as a sentence, but only as a statement, not a question itself. so you might have two people have an exchange like:

Person A: Where should I go?

Person B: Where the historic six point programme was declared.

Although even this is a little odd to me, I'd probably say instead:

Person B: The place where the historic six point programme was declared.

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  • But I always come across this kind of sntences as questions. I clearly understood what you explained. But, my question is is there any special or advanced rule regarding how indirect questions can be used to ask direct questions. Jan 3, 2017 at 13:01
  • As far as I know, no. Your 2. sentence is not a valid question as far as I am aware, as stated in the first sentence of my answer.
    – 3N1GM4
    Jan 3, 2017 at 13:02
  • As per the possible duplicate which stangdon linked above, you can add to your second sentence to make it valid: "[Do you know] where the historic six point programme was declared?" and in fact this would be preferable as opposed to "[Do you know] where was the historic six point programme declared?".
    – 3N1GM4
    Jan 3, 2017 at 13:05
  • Never do I use an indirect question until it follows an affirmative, a real question and an imperative. Jan 3, 2017 at 14:10

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