I have been knowing that word order remains unchanged for a subjective question. For instance:

"Who are you?"

The above is an interrogative sentence. According to the rule the embedded question should be -

"I don't know who are you "

But, I found on internet that "I don't know who you are " is being used more.

Which one is correct?

1) I don't know who you are . 2) I don't know who are you.


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    I don't know who you are is a statement, not a question. May 15, 2019 at 23:11
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    Where did you get that rule? As far as I know, an embedded question does not invert the subject and the verb, unlike a direct question.
    – Colin Fine
    May 15, 2019 at 23:14

1 Answer 1


"I don't know who you are" is a declarative sentence making a statement about my knowledge. It can imply a question, but is not actually a question.

"I don't know; who are you?" is a compound sentence that would be a response to a question and a question in return. You need the punctuation to be be grammatically correct.

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