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Finite interrogative complement clauses
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Afrikaans has two different finite interrogative complement clause types. The general finite interrogative, illustrated by example (1), takes the complementiser of if with verb-final word order, and shows limited formal variability. The specific finite interrogative, illustrated by example (2), starts with a wh-interrogative form (pronoun or adverb), but has two word order variants. The traditional form, used in the vast majority of cases in written Afrikaans, has verb-final word order, as illustrated by (2a). A variant that has become the dominant form in spoken Afrikaans uses the same word order as main-clause wh-interrogative clauses, with verb-second, as illustrated by (2b).

Example 1

Ek wonder [of ek hulle ooit weer sal sien].
I wonder.PRS if.COMP I them ever again will.AUX.MOD see.INF
I wonder if I will ever see them again.
TK
Example 2

a. Ek wonder [waar sy nou is].
I wonder.PRS where she now be.PRS
I wonder where she is now.
TK
b. Ek wonder [wat wil jou seuns eendag doen].
I wonder.PRS what want.to.AUX.MOD your sons one.day do.INF
I wonder what your sons want to do one day.
PCSA

Afrikaans also has non-finite specific interrogative clauses, illustrated by example (3). These complement clauses behave syntactically similar to other full infinitive complement clauses, except that the wh-form precedes the infinitive complementiser om for.

Example 3

Jy wonder [hoe om by die R1 miljoen-kerf verby te stap].
you wonder.PRS how for.COMP at the R1 million-notch past PTCL.INF walk.INF
You wonder how to progress past the R1 million notch.
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Finite interrogative complement clauses are described in the following sections, attending to general and specific interrogatives in each section:

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