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Indirect questions

Specially for 10th graders
by

Juan Pablo Rojas

on 9 October 2012

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Transcript of Indirect questions

Let's think of the following situation You're with a friend in a park, in a city you don't know and you completely forgot to bring your map with you. You see a person that seems very nice and helpful and you approach him/her and decide to ask him/her a few questions: Do we use the normal
form of a question? In cases like this one, we use what
we know as INDIRECT QUESTIONS
and we use them to be polite. Fact n° 1:
Some indirect questions need
questions marks and
some others don't. Now you'll get the chance to practice Indirect questions 1. Where's the closest bus station?
2. What time is it?
3. Is there any ATM around here? Is it polite to ask an unknown person a question directly, like for example "Where's the bank?"? Which of these questions
sounds more polite? Where's the closest
bus station? Could you tell me where
the closest bus station is? Now, there are a few things
you need to know... Fact n° 2:
As we do in reported questions,
we DON'T use the question form
in indirect questions. Fact n° 3:
We do the same thing as in
reported questions: for 'yes/no'
questions, we have to use
'if' or 'whether'. Fact n° 4:
For 'wh-' questions, we use the same word in the indirect question. Fact n° 5:
We had tense changes in reported
speech and reported questions.
In indirect questions, we DON'T
have verb changes.
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