Learn about Indirect Questions
Indirect Questions ...
... are a polite way of asking a question. For example:
What time is it? (normal)
Do you know what time it is? (polite)
If a question doesn't begin with a word like who or what or how often, we use if instead. For example:
Are you married?
Would you mind telling me if you are married?
This table shows how to make indirect questions.
|Question phrase||Q Word||Subject + Verb|
|Can you tell me
Could you tell me
Do you know
Would you mind telling me
he was late?
we are going?
you can swim?
Now look at these examples:
Do you like him?
Can you tell me if you do like him? x
Can you tell me if you like him? ✔
We use 'do' to make a normal question in the present simple, but we don't use it in an indirect question because we only need Subject + Verb.
We use a similar structure to talk about questions when we don't actually want an answer. For example:
|I don't know
I can't remember
I did it.
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