Indirect questions

Hi, everyone! What’s up? 🙂

Now is the time to learn a bit more about Indirect Questions or Embedded Questions.

There are two kinds of questions in English – direct and indirect. We use indirect questions if we want to sound more formal or polite, especially when we are talking to people we don’t know.

When we create indirect questions, we use introductory phrases such as:

Can/could you tell/show me …? / Do you know …? / Would you mind telling/showing me …? / Have you any idea …? / I wonder … / I wonder if you would mind telling/showing me …?


1) (direct question) What time is it?

(indirect question) Could you tell me what time it is?

2) (direct question) Where does the photocopier work?

(indirect question) Do you know where the photocopier works?

As you can see, indirect questions have the same word order as statements.

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Please, watch the videos below for more information:

  • Extra grammar:
  • In context:

Or listen to it on the go! (Podcast 1 and Podcast 2)

Let’s practice:

Now it is your turn: take a look at the picture below. What is the guy in the blue coat probably asking? (Be sure to make an indirect question) 😉

 Eager to read your comments! 🙂 Do not hesitate to make questions!

2 thoughts on “Indirect questions

  1. Wesley Henrique Pereira (Nem) says:

    So I understood we need to add on our comment “What is the guy in the blue coat probably asking?”. So let’s try: “Would you tell me which one we should diagnose first?”
    Well I hope I am right. Thank you again Mirelle, and it was good to know that WHETHER has the same meaning of IF. Bye.

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