Video lecture: Indirect question forms
Explanation of indirect questions
Indirect questions most commonly begin with the following phrases:
- Do you think…
- Do you know…
- Have you any idea…
- Could you please tell me…
We don’t use inversion (putting the helping verb in front of the subject). We don’t use helping verbs do / does / did
If the answer to the question is “yes” or ”no”, we use the ”if” or ”whether” after the introductory phrase.
- Do you know if he likes football?
- Can you tell me whether you can come to the party?
Indirect forms are essentially affirmative statements. NO INVERSION