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Consider this sentence:

The first point I feel the need to address is why it is important to ask such a question.

Is it grammatically correct or should it be why is it important...? Why? What's the grammar behind it?

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You could actually use either, but you'd need different punctuation. Further, for clarity, I'd stick a colon after the first "is."

So:

The first point I feel the need to address is: why it is important to ask such a question.

or

*The first point I feel the need to address is: why is it important to ask such a question?"

Here is where "forgot the grammar terms as I internalized them" is a handicap for me. Sorry. Basically, the first version ("why it is") translates to "I want to explain why asking this question is important." This is explaining, not a question. But the second version ("why is it") turns the statement into a question because of that word-order, and therefore requires a question mark.

Either one would be acceptable, though the nuances are slightly different, and the first one feels more formal. (Because it's not a question, and therefore is more "firm.")

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