Reported Questions

QUESTION:

Complete the sentence with the correct option. The teacher asked the students ……….. . 

A) if they were ready for the test.

B) were they ready for the test?

C) when they ready for the test?

The correct ANSWER is ⇒ A) if they were ready for the test.

Reported Questions

Reported Questions is a subject that can be examined in two stages. There are different transfers for yes/no question patterns and for question patterns starting with wh-.

  • She asked me ‘Do you speak Spanish?’ – She asked me if/ whether I spoke Spanish.

In the example above, a question that can be answered as yes or no was asked, and during the indirect transfer, a connection is made with the ‘if’ or ‘whether’ suffix, and a straight sentence is formed.

  • Mom asked me “What did you buy as a birthday gift for your friend?” – Mom asked me what I had bought as a birthday gift for my friend.

In the example above, the interrogative sentence starting with wh- was changed into a straight sentence and reported.

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