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Reported Questions

by Simon Friend

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on 5 January 2015

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Some types of question can be answered with simply yes or no. These types of questions are therefore often referred to as yes/no questions, e.g.:
Reporting yes/no questions
to report a yes/no question, we use
in the reported clause,
Do you speak Italian? (Yes.)
Does she like her new job? (No.)
Wh-questions cannot be answered by yes or no. They are questions in which someone asks for information about an event or situation.
Reporting wh-questions
"What time is he coming?"
"Who were you talking to?"
"Where did you put my car keys?"
we use a wh-word at the beginning of the reported clause:
SWAP the subject and verb

(so they look like statements not Questions)
“Why is she vomiting?” –

“Why did she punch him?” –

“Why is she late?” –
He asked me why she was vomiting
(Statement: SHE WAS vomiting)
He asked me why she had punched him
He asked why she was late
Now you try it!!!

“Where does Nori live?”
He asked me where Nori lived

“Where did you meet?”

“Why do you drink cheap wine?”
Do does did
When the details of the reported question are clear from the context, it is sometimes possible to leave out everything except the wh-word, especially in spoken English, e.g.:
He asked where we had met
She asked me why I drank cheap wine
Double sided WB
Two groups
New ‘writer’ each time!
1. Have you ever been to Alaska?
Answers1 He asked me if I had ever been to Alaska.

2. What is it like
2 He asked me what it was like.
3. When did you go
3 He asked me when I had gone.
Was it cold?
He asked me if it had been cold.
5 how long did you stay??
He asked me how long I had stayed.
6 would you go back?
6 He asked me if I would go back.
1) Mandy: "Are the boys reading the book?”
Yesterday Mandy asked me ….
Yesterday Mandy asked me if the boys were reading the book.
2) Jason: "Who gave you the laptop?”
Yesterday Jason wanted to know ….
Yesterday Jason wanted to know who had given me the laptop.
3) Robert: "Is Tim leaving on Friday?”
Yesterday Robert asked me .
"Yesterday Robert asked me if Tim was leaving on Friday.
4) Daniel: "Will it rain tomorrow?”
Yesterday Daniel asked me .…
"Yesterday Daniel asked me if it would rain today.
5) Jennifer: "Where do you play football today?”
Yesterday Jennifer wanted to know .
Yesterday Jennifer wanted to know where I played football.
6) Nancy: "Why didn't Nick go to New York last summer?”
Yesterday Nancy wanted to know .
Yesterday Nancy wanted to know why Nick hadn't gone to New York the summer before.
7) Barbara: "Must I do my homework this afternoon?”
Yesterday Barbara asked me .
Yesterday Barbara asked me if she had to do her homework that afternoon.
8) Linda: "Did Max fly to London two weeks ago?”
Yesterday Linda wanted to know .
8) Linda: "Did Max fly to London two weeks ago?”
Yesterday Linda wanted to know .

Yesterday Linda wanted to know if Max had flown to London two weeks before.
9) Grandmother: "Where are my glasses?”
Yesterday Grandmother asked me .

Yesterday Grandmother asked me where her glasses were.
10) A man: "When does the train to Liverpool leave?”
Yesterday a man asked me .

"Yesterday a man asked me when the train to Liverpool left.

Writing exercise on a computer:

Dad’s not coming home for dinner.
From dialogue to paragraph (writing)
The morning after.
Cut up dialogue and put it together (pre writing – in class room)
From paragraph to Dialogue (writing).

With KEY!

Reported speech in questions WS.
Yes/no Questions
"Wh" Questions
Extra notes
Write them down -----
Let's try!
Do you speak French?
Do you like sushi?
Is that a new skateboard?
Is that a square watermelon?
Try Writing reported speech - I'll explain word order on the next slide!
CLICK for answers!
We don’t use them!!!
Reported question BINGO…
she asked him
he spoke Italian.
I asked
she liked her new job.
She asked if he spoke French
He asked if I liked sushi
He asked if this was a a new board
He asked if this was a square melon
I asked what time he was coming.
She asked who I had been talking to.
He asked me where I had put his car keys.
(Like a statement: THEY WERE at the beach/at school …..
---- A reported WH question - is not built like a question)
“Where are they?” –
He asked where they were.
John seemed angry with the children, so I asked why.
purple rose of cairo
while you were sleeping
school of rock
we must use "NORMAL" word order -- not Question word order!
"Are you British or American?"
He asked me whether
I was British
or American.
"I was British"
NORMAL word order
"Is it raining?"
She asked if
it was raining
"it was raining"
It's like you put the ANSWER to the question, in the reported question

"It was raining"
I had a computer.
I could type.
I had come by train.
I had been to Bristol before.
"Have you got a computer?" He wanted to know whether....
"Can you type?" She asked if ....
"Did you come by train?" He enquired whether...
"Have you been to Bristol before?" She asked if....
Lets try (click for answers....)
SEE! -- They look like statements!
(In teachers comp)
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