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What is the correct way to ask this?

Which website were you trying to open?

or

Which website you were trying to open?

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    You can use the same guideline I posted in What causes X or What does cause X?. Basically, ask yourself whether the answer is the subject of the verb or not, and (not invert or) invert subject-verb in your Wh-question accordingly. – Damkerng T. Oct 8 '15 at 6:20
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  1. You were trying to open which website?

  2. Which website were you trying to open?

If we move the wh- word to the beginning of the question, we need to change round the subject and the auxiliary verb. If we don't, the question is ungrammatical:

  • Which website you were trying to open? [ungrammatical]
  • Though note that "Please tell us which website you were trying to open:" would be fine. – Jacob Raihle Oct 8 '15 at 11:52
  • @JacobRaihle That's right because that sentence isn't a question! ;-) – Araucaria - Not here any more. Oct 8 '15 at 11:58
  • Also "You were trying to open which website?" has a very different meaning than "Which website were you trying to open?". – DRF Oct 8 '15 at 12:10
  • @DRF I agree that it has a different flavour, but does it have a different meaning? – Araucaria - Not here any more. Oct 8 '15 at 12:14
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    @Araucaria True. That sounds quite normal though I would have expected this to be in relation to something you were filling in on the form. Maybe you were filling in the county he came from? But you are certainly right that it's not as clear cut as I made it sound. – DRF Oct 8 '15 at 12:57
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The first one is the correct way of asking.

Which website were you trying to open?

This is because the sequence of subject, verb and object matter for correct grammatical construction.

For more on this, refer: http://wps.ablongman.com/long_longman_ohb_1/27/7023/1797910.cw/-/1797917/index.html

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