Indirect questions – When reporting questions, the reporting verbs say or tell are replaced by ask, inquire, wonder or want to know.
Interrogative sentences not beginning with a question word are connected with the main clause by conjunctions if of whether in reported speech.
|Are you saying for dinner?||David asked me if/whether I am staying for dinner.|
|Can you come tomorrow ?||She asked whether she could come the following day.|
|Is she at home ?||David asked if she was at home ?|
|Do you speak English ?||She wondered if I spoke English ?|
The world order of reported questions is the same as in a simple statement.
In questions introduced by a question-word ( who, what, when, which, why, how ) this word serves as a link between the introducing verb and the reported question.
|David said to me : “Why don’t you go to work ?”||David asked me why I didn’t go to work.|
|He said to the man: “Where are you going ?”||He inquired of the man where he was going.|
|I said: “Who is working with you ?”||I asked who was working with you.|
|Why did you say that ?||They wondered why i had said that.|