1.1 DIRECT AND INDIRECT QUESTIONS

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Another question is about housework and cleaning. Yes, something like "(?) the place where you live now?"
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Yes, something like "Who cleans the place where you live now?"

You need to know they can afford the rent. But I wouldn't ask "Could you tell me (?) earn?"
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But I wouldn't ask "Could you tell me how much you earn?"

... I like doing new things, things that are out of the ordinary. Such (?)?
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Such as?

That's useful in my job, too. Can I ask (?)?
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Can I ask what you do? I work for a web design company.

My friends would say " creative, spontaneous and disorganised". I'd be interested to know (?) agree with them.
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I'd be interested to know if you agree with them.

What (?) by "non-judgemental"?.
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What do you mean by "non-judgemental"? Well, I try not to make up my mind about people until I get to know them...

A direct question with an auxiliary verb
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What do you mean by "non-judgemental"?

Three indirect questions
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Could you tell me how much you earn? Can I ask what you do? I'm interested to know if you agree with them.

A question with a question word as the subject
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Who cleans the place where you live now?

A short question with a preposition at the end.
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Such as?

Rule 1: Indirect questions are often used
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when a question is rather personal or to make a question sound more polite.

Rule 2: Word order in indirect questions is
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The same as positive statements.

Rule 3: Indirect questions don't use
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the auxiliaries do or did.

Rule 4: When there isn't a question word in the direct question,
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add if or whether in the indirect question.

Why are you studing English?
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Can you tell me why you are studing English?

How long do you plan to study? Do you have any idea...?
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Do you have any idea how long you plan to study?

What do you do in the evenings? Can I ask...?
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Can I ask what you do in the evenings?

Do you have a full-time job? Do you mind me asking...?
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Do you mind me asking if you have a full-time job?

Which countries have you visited? I'd be interested to know...
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I'd be interested to know which countries you've visited.

Where did you get that watch? Could you tell me...?
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Could you tell me where you got that watch?

Is there a good café anywhere near here? Do you know...?
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Do you know if there's a good café anywhere near here?

Would you like to come for a coffee? I was wondering...
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I was wondering if you'd like to come for a coffeee.

Which opening phrase is best for asking a very personal question?
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Do you mind me asking if...


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