How does "would" work in this sentence?

A: Is it "may I know who you are ?" or "may I know who are you?"? Thanks!

B: The first one is correct. 'May I know who are you?' is not correct in standard British English; instead, it would be 'may I know who you are?'.

  • would ==> should – Weather Vane Mar 8 at 19:32
  • You can think of it like a hypothetical. "If you said this, it would be ..." – stangdon Mar 8 at 19:40

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