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Grammar detail: 〜のか

〜のか - embedded question / expressing doubt
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In this form, the のか turns phrase A into an embedded / indirect question, which is then commented on or reflected on by phrase B. のか is the combination of の (as a 'nominalizer', which turns the entire previous phrase into a noun) and か (the question marker).
だれ
そうだん
相談
して
いいわからない
I don't know who to consult with.
If phrase B is omitted, のか is simply a way of asking a direct question, but with a slightly different nuance to the question marker か alone. It tends to imply that the questioner is doubting the object of the question, where か or ですか etc are more neutral.
なに
ている

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Kanji used in this grammar

だれ who   
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ソウ   ショウ    minister   あい- mutual   
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ダン    discussion   
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カ   なに    なん what?   
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ケン   み to see   みえる to be seen; to appear   みせる to show   
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