Should we use statement form even when talking about questions?

For example: Is it:

One can ask why we would believe that.


One can ask why would we believe that.


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Both forms are possible here. In normal prose you would use the the embedded interogative statement "why we would..."

But it also possible to treat this as a direct quote

One can ask, "Why would we believe that?"

  • But only the first one is correct without quotation marks, right?
    – user354948
    Mar 17 at 6:05
  • Please answer that ☝🏻, since my whole question hinges on that.
    – user354948
    Mar 17 at 14:17

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