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INDIRECT QUESTIONS

We often use INDIRECT QUESTIONS and statements to sound more polite, for example, when asking for
personal or sensitive information. We often say Do you know? / Could you tell me? Etc.
We can use the following expressions to introduce indirect questions and statements:
Could you tell me
Do you know
I cant remember
I dont know

I dont remember
I have no idea
I want to know
I wonder
Would you mind

Id like to know
Im not sure
May I ask
She* asked me

1. INFORMATION QUESTIONS WITH verb TO BE:


Where is Paula?
Do you know

where Paula is?

(NOT Do you know where is Paula?)

Who are Andrea and Jessica?


I wonder

who Andrea and Jessica are. (NOT I wonder who are Andrea and Jessica?)

2. QUESTIONS with WH words + DO / DOES / DID: ELIMINATE the auxiliary verb:


Where does Johana live?
Do you know

where

Johana lives?

(NOT Do you know where does she live?)

3. QUESTIONS with COMPOUND VERB TENSES:


What case study has Felipe presented?
Could you tell me

what case study Felipe has presented?


(NOT Could you tell me what case study has Felipe presented?)

4. YES / NO Questions:
Is Ana Mara at home?

Ana Mara is at home


Do you know

if

Does Juan David have a car?


or

Can Katerin swim?


Did Diego escape from the English
class?

?
Juan David has a car
?

whether

Katerin can swim

Can you tell me


Diego escaped from the English
class

INSTRUCTIONS: Rewrite the following questions using an indirect form:


EXAMPLE:
How long will you be staying here?

Could you tell me how long you will be staying here?

1.

Where do Bill and Teresa export their products?

Do you know_________________________________?

2.

Would you look after the visitors this evening?

I wonder _____________________________________

3.

Where is the nearest supplier?

Could you tell me _____________________________?

4.

Could you give me Peters address?

Would you mind ______________________________?

5.

Has Simon left yet?

____________________________________________

6.

Why did Jack and Jane leave the meeting so suddenly? ________________________________________

7.

Do the shops open at the weekend?

____________________________________________

8.

What would our boss like for his birthday?

____________________________________________

9.

Would you like to come around for a drink some time?

______________________________________

10.

What time will the meeting be?

______________________________________

11.

How much has Mr Crowley sold since he started? ____________________________________________

12.

Will we have to speak English all the time?

13.

To whom did you speak on the phone?

______________________________________

14.

When will we be moving our headquarters to India?

______________________________________

____________________________________________