A: What about you? Why should I care?

B: Why should you care? / Why you should care? You don't have to.

Are both word orders possible and natural or is only one correct?

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    Why you should care is not a valid utterance in your cited context. In other contexts, it's valid, but note that it's just a noun phrase, not an actual question (so it might appear as a chapter title in a book, or as the syntactic "object" in, say, I don't know why you should care). Commented Mar 1, 2022 at 17:27

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As commented and already answered, in a question form, we should say

Why should you care?

[Cambridge Dictionary] (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/questions-wh-questions) explains further.

We usually form wh-questions with wh- + an auxiliary verb (be, do or have) + subject + main verb or with wh- + a modal verb + subject + main verb [emphasis added].

In your example, in forming the question, the modal verb should goes through an inversion with the subject you.


Why π˜€π—΅π—Όπ˜‚π—Ήπ—± π˜†π—Όπ˜‚ care?

Tell me why π˜†π—Όπ˜‚ π˜€π—΅π—Όπ˜‚π—Ήπ—± care.

I know why π˜†π—Όπ˜‚ π˜€π—΅π—Όπ˜‚π—Ήπ—± care.

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    This doesn't explain the use or difference at all.
    – Joachim
    Commented Mar 2, 2022 at 15:18

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