Grammar Exercise: Indirect questions at work
We use indirect questions to be more polite in formal situations – such as in work or professional situations. Take a look at our page on Direct and Indirect Questions in English, then try the quiz below!
Level: Pre-intermediate and above
1. Can you tell me
- Remember: indirect questions have the same word order as affirmative sentences - question word + noun + verb (not question word + verb + noun like in direct questions).
2. Would you mind telling me how long __
3. Do you know __ the Managing Director is in today?
- When a direct question is a yes/no question (where the answer is either ''yes'' or ''no''), the indirect question has ''if'' or ''whether'' after the introductory phrase.
4. I'd like to know __ you want me to work on Saturday.
5. Could you tell me how __
- You don't need the auxiliary do / does / did in indirect questions.
6. Have you any idea how
- Remember: we don't need the auxiliary do/does/did, and the verb comes after the subject. The verb agrees with the subject (it's not the infinitive form).
7. I'd like to know how much __
8. I was wondering if __ leave early today.
- Remember: The word order in direct questions is verb+subject (''Could I leave early?'') but the indirect question has an affirmative sentence word order. (subject+verb)
9. Do you know __
- Prepositions still go at the end of the indirect question (...which floor I can find the manager on) and not before the question word (...on which floor I can find the manager).
10. Can you tell me __
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