Indirect Questions (Do you know...? / Could you tell me...?) Part 1
Updated: Jan 21, 2019
1. Read the following questions. Observe the words in bold. What do you notice?
Direct question: What is the time?
Indirect question: Could you tell me what the time is?
As you can see, an indirect question loses the normal (direct) question word order.
In an indirect question, the subject (the time) comes before the verb (is), as in a statement.
2. Why do we use them?
Indirect questions are a little more polite than the direct questions. These are generally used in formal situations.
4. Phrases For Indirect Questions:
1. Do you know...?
2. Can/Could you tell me...?
3. Would it be possible...?
4. Is there any chance...?
5. Have you any idea...?