Let's say my boss asked me to do something. So I want to ask him when I should hand it in. What would be grammatically correct?
- When would be the deadline?
- When would the deadline be?
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"When would the deadline be?" would probably sound more natural than "When would be the deadline?", but both are correct.
However, I would reserve this form of wording for a situation where I wasn't yet sure whether I would be doing the work. Perhaps someone has asked me whether I can take on some extra work and I'm not sure because I'm already busy, so it depends how quickly it's needed.
If I have been given the work and I don't have much choice in the matter, I'll simply ask "When is the deadline?" or "When's the deadline?" or "When does this need to be done by?".