Word order of indirect questions

1. An indirect question is a question which has been embedded inside a statement.

Example:

Why did he leave early? (Direct question)

I have no idea why he left early.(Indirect question embedded in a statement)

2. An indirect question can also be embedded inside another question.

Example:

Why did he leave early? (Direct question)

Do you know why he left early?(Indirect question embedded in another question)

The word order for embedded questions is that of a statement because technically the direct question is no longer a question.

It is like the direct question structure changes into “positive” sentence structure.

If you want to see more examples and explanations you can go to this link:

http://speakspeak.com/resources/english-grammar-rules/questions/structures-of-indirect-questions

http://www.englishgrammar.org/indirect-questions-exercise/

If you want to practice you may want to go to the following links:

http://a4esl.org/q/h/vm/indirectques.html (easy)

http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/312.html

http://speakspeak.com/english-grammar-exercises/intermediate/word-order-in-questions-and-indirect-questions  (intermediate)

Further practice:

http://a4esl.org/q/h/vm/indirectques.html

http://www.e-grammar.org/indirect-question/test1-exercise1/

 

 

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