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indirect questions

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simon friend

on 9 November 2014

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Indirect questions If he is stupid. If you are Australian. Are you Australian?

I was wondering… What’s his name?

I was wondering… Where is he?

I was wondering…. Who is she?

I was wondering who she is? http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/145_gramchallenge36/ Do you know when the concert begins?
I wonder when he will arrive.
Can you tell me how to check out a book.
I’m not sure what he considers appropriate.
I don’t know if he is coming to the party this evening. Sometimes we also use these phrases to indicate that we'd like some more information.

I’m not sure…
I don’t know…
Many of these phrases are questions
(i.e., Do you know when the next train leaves?),
while others are statements made to indicate a question
(i.e., I wonder if he will be on time.)

Here's how to do it:
Introductory phrase + question word (or if) + positive sentence


Where is Jack? > I was wondering if you know where Jack is?

When does Alice usually arrive? > Do you know when Alice usually arrives? Direct questions are often considered rude when speaking to strangers. To be more polite we often use indirect question forms.

Indirect questions serve the same purpose as direct questions, but are considered more formal. The man seems a little bothered and says he doesn't know. He isn't very friendly. You wonder why he seems bothered...

Consider the following situation: You are talking to a man at a meeting that you have never met. However, you know his name and also that this man knows a colleague named Jack. You turn to him and ask:
How much do you earn ?
Are you looking for a new job ?
Who are you dating at the moment ? Ask student: Is he stupid?

I was just wondering? What his name is. Where he is. Don’t use them! Does, did, do use an introductory phrase
followed by the question itself in positive sentence structure.
Connect the two phrases with the question word
or ‘if’ in the case the question is a ‘yes’, ‘no’ question. you didn't introduce yourself,
didn't say 'excuse me'
AND (most importantly) asked a direct question Do you know … ? I wonder / was wondering …. Can you tell me … ? Do you happen to know ...? I have no idea ... I'm not sure ... I'd like to know ... Have you any idea ... Examples: How to do it game REVISION Introduction: Practice: Private practice: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/312.html http://moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.com.au/2010/04/freedom-writers-indirect-questions.html http://moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.com.au/2008/09/assessing-included-questions.html http://esl.about.com/library/quiz/bl_indirect.htm http://a4esl.org/q/h/vm/indirectques.html REVISION Where is Jack? WHY? When using an indirect question: Here are some of the most common phrases used for asking indirect questions. THERE are WS for both films MOVIES
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