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For example:

How can she get to the bank.

or

How she can get to the bank

What's the difference? Which one is correct?

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  • The short answer is going to be "The second sentence is wrong, and a common mistake made by people learning English". Please have a look our our English Language Learners site. Mar 9, 2022 at 16:11
  • I think so, but I don't know why the answer to my practice exercise told me the second was correct Mar 9, 2022 at 16:20
  • Sorry, the original is 'Sally asked how she could get to the bank', I misread it. Mar 9, 2022 at 17:20
  • That's an entirely different kind of sentence. I strongly recommend you check out our English Language Learners site. Mar 9, 2022 at 17:22
  • To get a correct answer, you must edit your question as you have stated it in the comments, or I could edit it for you. Mar 9, 2022 at 20:56

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How can she get to the bank is a question. It cannot be part of a larger sentence like "Sally asked how can she get to the bank", because it is in question order.

How she can get to the bank is a phrase. It cannot be a sentence by itself, but it could be a part of a sentence like "This is how she can get to the bank" or "I don't know how she can get to the bank."

You might find it helpful to review how to form wh- questions in English.

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How can she get to the bank?- simple question

If a question ('How can she get to the bank?') is part of a long sentence, the question loses its normal question word order.

Can you tell me how she can get to the bank? Do you know how she can get to the bank? I know how she can get to the bank.

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