English Grammar Q & A
Monday, April 3, 2017
How to report WH and Yes/No questions
Question from Manikantaraghu :
I had watched the English grammar video it's good. But 'How do we convert Wh questions into indirect speech.'
Open School Answer:
There are mainly two types of questions –
Wh-questions and Yes/No questions.
When we report a Wh-question, we use a reporting verb like
Study the example given below.
Direct: He said to me, ‘Where do you live?’
Indirect: He asked me where I lived.
Direct: Mother said to me, ‘What are you doing there?’
Indirect: Mother asked me what I was doing there.
When we report a Yes/No question, we use
whether or if.
Direct: Suma said to me, ‘Are you interested in this offer?’
Indirect: Suma asked me
if I was interested
in that offer.
Direct: The teacher said to me, ‘Do you know the answer?’
Indirect: The teacher asked me
if / whether I knew the answer.
Direct: Martha said to Susie, ‘Will you trust a guy like Martin?’
Indirect: Martha asked Susie
if she would trust a guy
Direct: ‘Do you think you know better than your dad?’ the angry mother jeered.
Indirect: The angry mother jeered at her son and asked
if he thought that he knew
better than his dad.
Change the following direct speech into indirect speech.
1. ‘What do you want?’ he said to her.
2. He said, ‘How’s your mother.’
3. He enquired, ‘When do you intend to pay me?’
4. ‘Do you really come from China?’ the prince asked.
5. ‘Do you speak English?’ he said.
1. He asked her
what she wanted.
2. He asked me
how my mother was.
3. He enquired
when I intended to pay him.
4. The prince asked
if I really came from China.
5. He asked
if I spoke English.
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