- Why is the sentence horrible?
- Why the sentence is horrible?
Is #2 correct?
If both are correct, which one is better?
A normal (asserive/declarative) sentence will be in the Subject - Verb order. But a question (interrogative) sentence will admit of only the Verb-subject order.
She is a student. (She = subject and is = verb; so it is in the SV order)
Is she a student? (Is = Verb and she = subject; VS order)
Why is the sentence horrible? (is = verb and the sentence = subject; VS order and hence a grammatically correct question)
Why the sentence is horrible? (the sentence = subject and is = verb; SV order, which is not accepted as a question)
However, in informal conversational contexts, with the help of a rising intonation, you are able to indicate the second sentence (Why the sentence is horrible?) as a question.
Thanks a lot, Lawrence!
I thought that “Why the sentence is horrible?” was a perfectly correct question.