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    Ibn Fraj Bilel

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    2nd Semester_ Indirect questions

    Post by Ibn Fraj Bilel on Sat Apr 21, 2007 4:53 pm

    Indirect questions are polite, longer forms of normal questions. For example:
    - Where's the department store? - Direct question
    - Could you tell me where the department store is, please? - Indirect question
    - What's his name? - Direct question
    - Do you know what his name is? - Indirect question

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    Indirect questions are formed of two parts: a polite expression, and a question which has no subject/verb inversion like a normal question . For example:
    - What's his name? >>
    - Do you know what his name is? - Indirect question
    Here the polite expression is "Do you know...", and the question part is "...what his name is?". Note that the subject and verb have not changed place in the question part. So if you said "Do you know what is his name?", this would be incorrect.

    Another example:
    - What's the time? >>
    - Do you have any idea what the time is? - Indirect question
    The polite expression is "Do you have any idea...?", and the question is "...what the time is?".
    The question is not "...what is the time?" - you don't invert the subject and verb kike a normal question.

    Auxiliary Verb "To do"

    The auxiliary verb "to do"is used in questions when there is no other auxiliary verb. For example:
    - You like Chinese food. >>
    - Do you like Chinese food?

    Indirect questions do not use the auxiliary verb "to do" in the main question. For example:
    - When does the next train arrive? - Direct question
    - Do you know when the next train arrives? - Indirect question
    - Do you know when does the next train arrive? - Incorrect

    Another example:
    - When does the restaurant close? - Direct question
    - Could you tell me when the restaurant closes? - Indirect question
    - Could you tell me when does the restaurant close? - Incorrect

    There are infinite ways to make indirect questions. Not all indirect questions are questions at all, rather they are polite statements which encourage some kind of response. Some common polite expressions include:
    - I wonder if/whether...?
    - I can't remember if/whether...?
    - Could you tell me if/whether...?
    - Would you mind telling me if/whether...?
    - Would it be possible for you to...?
    - Is there any chance you could...?
    - I don't suppose you could...
    - I'd like to know if/whether...
    - I can't remember...
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    Re: 2nd Semester_ Indirect questions

    Post by Admin on Sat Apr 21, 2007 10:37 pm

    Thanks Smile
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    Re: 2nd Semester_ Indirect questions

    Post by Asma Fejji on Wed Apr 25, 2007 3:00 pm

    Smile Thank you very much,BILEL Smile
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    Re: 2nd Semester_ Indirect questions

    Post by safa on Wed Apr 25, 2007 4:00 pm

    it's kind of you please who know where is the answer of poetry question Mme Abd el Kefi
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    Re: 2nd Semester_ Indirect questions

    Post by Admin on Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:16 am

    SAFA, for the answers of Mrs Abdelkefi, she didn't posted them yet Smile
    we just have to wait
    salam alaycom
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    Re: 2nd Semester_ Indirect questions

    Post by safa on Tue May 01, 2007 8:49 pm

    wa alaikom essalem thanks for repling

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