Are following sentences correct?

  1. She asked me why I didn't go to the doctor.
  2. She got surprised why didn't I go the doctor.

If they are correct, is there any difference in meaning between them?

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    Subject-auxiliary inversion does not occur in an embedded clause. Commented Feb 25, 2017 at 20:45
  • I agree with the above comment. "Why I didn't go to the doctor" is a subordinate interrogative clause (embedded question). Subject-auxiliary Inversion doesn't normally occur in such clauses, so 1. is correct. 2. is incorrect since there is inversion of the subject "I" and the auxiliary verb "didn't".
    – BillJ
    Commented Feb 26, 2017 at 10:00

2 Answers 2


The first one is the good one. You are making a statement, so you use the order for a statement instead of the order for asking a question.

Their meanings would be the same if the second version was grammatical:

"She was surprised. Why didn't I go to the doctor?"


The first sentence is correct and the second is not correct. She got surprised why I didn't go to the doctor.. Difference? I do not know.

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