Indirect Questions


When do we use indirect questions, or forms?

We use them for being polite. To be nice.



 How much do you earn? Direct

I was wondering if you could tell me how much you earn? Indirect  

I was wondering how much you earn?



  1. subject + verb (we switch the auxiliary verb with the subject)
  2. auxiliary do, does and did is not used in the indirect form
  3. We can also use if / whether, in an indirect question


Examples of indirect phrases and questions

Can you tell me what time it is?

Could you tell me where the lift is?

I can’t remember where we parked the car.

Do you think your friend would like the gift.

I wonder where your friend lives.

I’m not sure what your friend’s name is.

Would you mind telling me how much you paid for your car.