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Which one is correct?

What item are you looking for?

or

What item you are looking for?

In British English if it's important.

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  • What do you think?
    – TypeIA
    Feb 19 '21 at 5:57
  • It is a direct question, so the first one is correct. If it were an embedded question, the second would be correct: I don't know [what X you are] looking for.
    – Void
    Feb 19 '21 at 7:02
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    Does this answer your question? Are you Vs You are. It doesn't matter if we're talking about British or American English (or Australian, Canadian,...). In standard English we invert the subject+verb sequence to form questions (Statement: You are mad, Question: Are you mad?). Feb 19 '21 at 15:58

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