Reported Speech Questions
Reported Questions Grammar:
We use introductory verbs like ask, wonder, want to know, inquire...
We change the interrogative word-order to statement word-order.
All the other changes in indirect speech
Feng: How old is your cousin?
Feng asked me how old my cousin was.
Her Mother: Do you smoke?
Her mother asked me if I smoked.
Questions With Question Words
If the direct question begins with a question word like how much, where, when, how, which, why, whose, what etc., we repeat the same question word in the indirect speech.
Direct : She said, "How is your brother?"
Indirect: She asked me how my brother was.
Direct : Lea said, "why did you cry?"
Indirect: Lea asked why I had cried.
Direct : Hill said, "How long will you stay in Greece?"
Indirect: Hill asked me how long I would stay in Greece.
Yes/No Questions (With Helping Verb)
Yes/No questions are converted into indirect speech using "if" or "whether".Example:
Direct : The doctor told me, "Does your father drink wine?"
Indirect: The doctor asked me if my father drank wine.
Direct: He wanted to know, "Did you tell the truth to the police?"
Indirect: He wanted to know if I had told the truth to the police.
Direct: He said, "Have you ever played for your school soccer team?"
Indirect: He wanted to know if I had ever played for my school soccer team.Reported Speech Yes/No Questions Exercise
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