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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.

  • 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. – Abu Naim Muhammed Kalil Jan 3 '17 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 '17 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 '17 at 13:05
  • Never do I use an indirect question until it follows an affirmative, a real question and an imperative. – Abu Naim Muhammed Kalil Jan 3 '17 at 14:10

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