Was that he was guilty obvious?

Randy Alexander strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 12 15:01:28 UTC 2011

"Was that he was guilty obvious?"

Do you find the above sentence grammatical or ungrammatical?  In other
words, in your dialect (or idiolect), can you form an interrogative by
inverting a subordinate content clause with an auxiliary?

I find it grammatical, but I know that some find it ungrammatical.  I'm
trying to see if there is a detectable dialectical split over this pattern.

Randy Alexander
Xiamen, China
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