Is this grammatically correct? Specifically, have I used the word “was” correctly?

Was the second appearance of John was also in Simon's dream?

If no, how can I rewrite it correctly?

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    The second was is ungrammatical. Omit it.
    – TimR
    Commented Jun 2, 2018 at 17:27
  • We close requests for proofreading here on ELL unless a source of concern is clearly identified. You’ve asked about something specific in the question’s title, but, in the future, I recommend trying to clarify as much as you can in the body of the question, too.
    – J.R.
    Commented Jun 2, 2018 at 17:35

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It is not grammatically correct.

Starting from the statement divided into subject, verb and complement

[The second appearance of John] [was] [also in Simon's dream].

Then inverting the subject and verb to make a question (since "was" is form of "be")

Was the second appearance of John also in Simon's dream?

This is a grammatically correct question.

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