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From native English speaker point of view, which sentence sounds best ?

  1. If he doesn't have the money, why does he want to buy such a big car?

  2. Since he doesn't have the money, why he does want to buy such a big car?

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"Since" is asserting the condition (i.e. it is explicitly saying that he hasn't the money). "If" is not asserting: perhaps I don't know whether he has the money or not.

In either case, the "why" in the consequent triggers inversion: "why does he want to buy such a big car?"

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  • If it's that simple, isn't this effectively a rhetorical question? I think in many cases, an if clause before a question really means If we accept that this if-clause is true (which it undoubtedly is, since this is an embedded rhetorical question),... then why [blah blah]. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Feb 1 '16 at 16:05

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