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INDIRECT QUESTIONS How to ask for things politely when writing a formal letter.

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1 INDIRECT QUESTIONS How to ask for things politely when writing a formal letter

2 Normal question formation Q) How do we normally form questions in English? Q) Look at the statement below. Q) How would you write it as a question? Q) What about questions with can and to be? Q) What happens to the word order? StatementQuestionRule You like football.Do You like football? You can play the guitar. Can you play the guitar? Word order changes. Your name is Bob.Is your name Bob? Subject verb Verb Subject Add the auxiliary verb

3 Which ones are indirect questions and which are direct? How much does the ticket cost? I would like to know how much the ticket costs. Send me a brochure with more information Could you tell how to get to the airport from the hotel please? I was wondering if you could send me brochure with more information please. How do I get to the airport from the hotel? I would be interested to know whether the classes are private or in groups. Are the classes private or in groups?

4 Which ones are indirect questions and which are direct? How much does the ticket cost? I would like to know how much the ticket costs. Send me a brochure with more information Could you tell how to get to the airport from the hotel please? I was wondering if you could send me brochure with more information please. How do I get to the airport from the hotel? I would be interested to know whether the classes are private or in groups. Are the classes private or in groups?

5 Which ones are indirect questions and which are direct? How much does the ticket cost? I would like to know how much the ticket costs. Send me a brochure with more information Could you tell how to get to the airport from the hotel please? I was wondering if you could send me brochure with more information please. How do I get to the airport from the hotel? I would be interested to know whether the classes are private or in groups. Are the classes private or in groups?

6 Which ones are indirect questions and which are direct? How much does the ticket cost? I would like to know how much the ticket costs. Send me a brochure with more information Could you tell how to get to the airport from the hotel please? I was wondering if you could send me brochure with more information please. How do I get to the airport from the hotel? I would be interested to know whether the classes are private or in groups. Are the classes private or in groups?

7 Which ones are indirect questions and which are direct? How much does the ticket cost? I would like to know how much the ticket costs. Send me a brochure with more information Could you tell how to get to the airport from the hotel please? I was wondering if you could send me brochure with more information please. How do I get to the airport from the hotel? I would be interested to know whether the classes are private or in groups. Are the classes private or in groups?

8 Look at the example of a question in direct, and indirect form. How much does the ticket cost? I would like to know how much the ticket costs. Q) What do you notice about the auxiliary verb? Q) And the end of the sentence? Q) Why is there no auxiliary verb or question mark? A) It is not a question, it is a statement. A) No question mark A) Not for indirect questions!

9 Look at the example of a question in direct, and indirect form. Q) What do you notice about the word order of both sentences? A) With the indirect question, it is the same as a normal statement! I would be interested to know whether the classes are private or in groups. Are the classes private or in groups? Subject Verb

10 SUMMARY OF RULES Check if the sentence needs a question mark! Is it a question or a statement Check the word order! It must be in statement form - Subject Verb No auxiliary verb do / does

11 Practice Check if the sentence needs a question mark. Is it a question or a statement? Check the word order! It must be in statement form -Subject Verb No auxiliary verb do / does Q) Write the following as indirect questions. Use the phrases to help you. I would like to know... I would be interested to know... I would be pleased to receive... Could you tell me... Could you indicate... How much does the ticket cost? Would you mind telling me.... When is the concert? Can I bring my pet dog? What is the address of the hotel? Do I have to book in advance?


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