Can you tell me indirect question?

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asked Oct 22, 2022 in Standards & Testing by mrtroll (1,530 points)
Can you tell me indirect question?

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answered Nov 19, 2022 by layla (60,790 points)
An indirect question would be a question like "I'm asking you where you are going?"

Indirect questions are questions that are worded like a statement.

An indirect question is a type of question that has the same word order as a statement and not question.

An indirect question is a question which is reported to other people in speech or writing, rather than the exact words of the original question, for example '"He asked me what was wrong."

The difference between direct and indirect questions is that direct questions are informal and friendly, whereas indirect questions are polite and formal.

A direct question always ends with a question mark, but this is not always true with indirect questions

Examples of indirect questions and direct questions are.

Direct Questions.
                              
Has the game started yet?       
Are they coming with us?         
Can you help me move on Saturday?    

Indirect Questions.

Do you know if/whether the game has started yet?
Do you know if/whether they're coming with us?
Is there any chance you could help me move on Saturday?

Notice that the indirect question has the word order "the time is" (i.e., subject + verb) not "is the time" (i.e., verb + subject).

In other words, an indirect question has the same word order as a statement, not a question.) I'm asking where you are going.

Indirect questions are a little more formal and polite.

We use them when talking to a person we don't know very well, or in professional situations, and their form is a little different.

Example of an indirect question: “Could you tell me where the bathroom is?”

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