Direct and indirect questions
Many people are curious to know "What does question mean
?", that is why we will start with the basics. The question definition
is a sentence that requests information. The information is given as an answer to the question. What are direct questions
? They are the questions in their normal form. Direct questions
are those questions that you can give to a close person or people you know well. An example of a direct question
is: "Did you see my glasses?". Direct and indirect
questions, as you might have guessed, are not the same thing. The difference is that indirect questions
are more polite and formal. While direct questions
are used to ask a relative or friend something, the indirect questions
are used to ask a person you don't know well. They are also used in professional conversations.
How to make an indirect question out of a direct question?
The direct question
can be simply turned into an indirect one. All you need to do is use some special phrases that you will add to the direct questions
. Here are some examples of phrases that can turn a direct question
into an indirect one:
- 1. I'd like to know if...
- 2. Could you tell me...
- 3. Is there a chance...
- 4. Would it be possible...
- 5. I was wondering...
There are more phrases that you can add to direct questions
and also, there are more things you should know on this topic, for example, the order of the words in a sentence.
Learn how to form an indirect question
This great flashcard lesson will teach you everything about direct questions
and indirect questions
. You will find examples of questions and see how they are formed. Also, you will see how to use auxiliary verbs in direct questions
, how to use a question word as the subject of the question. You will find examples of questions with a preposition at the end and some important rules when forming indirect questions
. If you want to learn more on this topic, take a look at another great lesson: Polite enquiries
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