Direct and indirect questions exercises
Exercise 1: Change direct questions to indirect questions.
What did she do? - Can you tell me what she did?
Do we have enough sugar? - I wonder if we have enough sugar.
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Direct and indirect questions
Unlike direct questions, indirect questions are not normal questions. They have the same word order as statements and we do not use the verb do to form a question.
Indirect questions examples:
What did she want? - Do you know what she wanted?
Where was it? - Do you remember where it was?
Will they come? - I wonder if they will come.
We can use many introductory phrases such as I ask, I wonder, I want/would like to know, I can't remember, I have no idea, I am sure etc., or they can be introduced by expressions such as Can you tell me, Do you know, Do you remember, Have you any idea.
How much is it? - I'd like to know how much it is.
Is this seat free? - He is asking if this seat is free.
Where did she go? - Have you any idea where she went?
Does he want to buy it? - Do you know whether he wants to buy it?
The indirect question is more common in English than in some other languages. It is more polite and more formal.
Examples:Why did you do it? - Could you tell me why you did it?
Could I use your telephone? - Do you think I could use your telephone?
Are you married? - I wonder if you are married.