Indirect ways of asking questions

number of expressions can be used to ask questions in a more indirect way. Indirect questions can sound more polite than direct ones.

Could you tell me what time it is?

Would you mind telling me where he works?

We'd like to know when you first started singing.

When asking indirect questions, the same word order is used as when we make statements. The auxiliary verbs, do,does & did, are omitted.

if or whether is used if there is no question word such as where, what, why, when, who and how.

Could you tell us if / whether you are married?

 

'Yes / no' questions for tenses with inversion:

Verb Tense

Direct Question

Indirect Question

Present simple with 'be'

Is he Spanish?

Can you tell me if he is Spanish?

Present continuous

Is the restaurant closing now?

Can you tell me if the restaurant is closing now?

Past simple with 'be'

Was he late for the meeting?

Can you tell me if he was late for the meeting?

Past continuous

Were you watching TV at 3pm?

Can you tell me if you were watching TV at 3pm?

Present perfect

Has Lucy been to Mexico?

Can you tell me if Lucy has been to Mexico?

Present perfect continuous

Has she been living here long?

Can you tell me if she has been living here long?

Past perfect

Had she found this job when she moved here?

Can you tell me if she had found this job when she moved here?

Past perfect continuous

Had she been living here long when she met you?

Can you tell me if she had been living here long when she met you?

Future simple with 'will'

Will she start her new job next week?

Can you tell me if she will start her new job next week?

Future simple with 'going to'

Is it going to rain later?

Can you tell me if it is going to rain later?

Future continuous

Will Lisa be meeting the boss later?

Can you tell me if Lisa will be meeting the boss later?

Future perfect

Will he have finished the report by tonight?

Can you tell me if he will have finished the report by tonight?

Future perfect continuous

Will he have been studying French for twenty years when he retires?

Can you tell me if he will have been studying French for twenty years when he retires?

Modal verbs

Should we start now?

Can you tell me if we should start now?


'Yes / no' questions with tenses that use 'do / does / did':

Sometimes you want to make an indirect question using the present simple of any verb except 'be' or the past simple of any verb except 'be'. These tense make direct questions by using 'do / does / did'. When we want to make indirect 'yes / no' questions using these tenses, we need 'if' and we don't need 'do / does / did'.

Verb Tense

Direct Question

Indirect Question

Present simple with any verb except 'be'

Does David live in London?

Can you tell me if David lives in London?

Past simple with any verb except 'be'

Did Amanda call John yesterday?

Can you tell me if Amanda called John yesterday?

'Wh' questions for tenses with inversion:

Verb Tense

Direct Question

Indirect Question

Present simple with 'be'

Why is he unhappy?

Can you tell me why he is unhappy?

Present continuous

When is the restaurant closing?

Can you tell me when the restaurant is closing?

Past simple with 'be'

Why was he late for the meeting?

Can you tell me why he was late for the meeting?

Past continuous

What were you doing at 3pm?

Can you tell me what you were doing at 3pm?

Present perfect

Where has Lucy been?

Can you tell me where Lucy has been?

Present perfect continuous

How long has she been living here?

Can you tell me how long she has been living here?

Past perfect

Why had she quit her job before she moved here?

Can you tell me why she had quit her job before she moved here?

Past perfect continuous

How long had she been living here when she met you?

Can you tell me how long she had been living here when she met you?

Future simple with 'will'

When will she start her new job?

Can you tell me when she will start her new job?

Future simple with 'going to'

When is it going to rain?

Can you tell me when it is going to rain?

Future continuous

What time will Lisa be meeting the boss?

Can you tell me what time Lisa will be meeting the boss?

Future perfect

When will he have finished the report?

Can you tell me when he will have finished the report?

Future perfect continuous

How long will he have been studying French when he retires?

Can you tell me how long he will have been studying French when he retires?

Modal verbs

What should we do now?

Can you tell me what we should do now?

 

برای دسترسی به دروس بیشتر به لینک زیر مراجعه کنید.

گرامر صفر تا صد زبان انگلیسی

لسنینگ از مبتدی تا پیشرفته

لغات زبان انگلیسی به تفکیک موضوع

درک مطلب از سطح مبتدی تا پیشرفته

تمامی موضوعات آیلتس اسپیکینگ پارت یک، دو و سه همراه با جواب

 

سوالات
Question No. 1/6

I'd like to know ........ .

Question No. 2/6

I was wondering ........ the recipe.

Question No. 3/6

Would you mind telling me ........?

Question No. 4/6

How long ........ to finish the project?

Question No. 5/6

........ in this house?

Question No. 6/6

I wonder what the weather will be like next week.

next week?

Can you tell me where you have been so long?

so long?

Do you know what Greg does?

?

I'd like to know whether they agree.

?

Would you mind telling me how old Jane is.

?

Do you have any idea how much it costs?

?

Do you know when it started?

?

I wonder what you think about it.

about it?

I'd like to know if Mary will join us.

us?

Could you let me know where Ben was?

?

نظرات کاربران

ماژیک فسفری

با استفاده از ماژیک فسفری می توانید کلمات و بخش های مهم را برای خود علامت گذاری نمایید و هنگام پاسخ به آزمون از آنها استفاده کنید. برای از بین بردن بخش های رنگی دوباره روی آن کلیک نمایید.

دفترچه یادداشت

هر تعدادی که دوست دارید دفترچه یادداشت ایجاد کنید و نکات مهم را در آن بنویسید.
برای استفاده از دفترچه یادداشت بر روی قسمتی از درس یا آزمون که می خواهید در آنجا نکته ی مهمی را قرار دهید کلیک نمایید.سپس در آن قسمت یک دفترچه یادداشت جدید ایجاد میشود و با کلیک بر روی آن می توانید بازش کنید و نکته های مهم را بنویسید.