In your particular sentence, I would do one of the following:
Simply omit “was it/it was” since they’re not necessary: Do you think now the situation was really so dangerous OR just exaggeration in your mind?
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Repeat the “Do you think” (followed by no inversion): Do you think now the situation was really so dangerous OR do you think it was just exaggeration in your mind?
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Invert (“was it”) Do you think now the situation was really so dangerous OR was it just exaggeration in your mind?
The reason for an inversion would be: By including the words “was” and “it”, you are repeating something that otherwise wouldn’t need to be repeated in the sentence. And for that reason I would treat the whole second half of the sentence as a separate question. i.e., invert subject and verb. The second half of the sentence may be less a question of what “you now think”. Instead, it may be more a suggestion of what the speaker thinks. :lol:
Thanks Guest. Thanks Amy, your ‘two cents’ are very valued
As by 10.20 a.m. (the time I was forced to go) I’d had the only opinion (Guest’s & my own), I’ve put it was in my initial sentence.
Now, in the evening, I’ve had the objective result: my tutor (native) had corrected it (was it) and, at my puzzled question, gave the similar rationale (as in Amy’s 3th case).
And now I’ve got school lines
It reminded me the soundtrack of Mary Poppins (196?) ‘Feed the birds, tuppence a bag … Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag…’