I want you to know that before we start this chapter off , it is of utmost importance that you know what direct and indirect speech is. So, I urge you to check out my previous note right here
Now, If you are already familiar with direct and indirect speech, I can assure you that you've finished 90% of this chapter.
Now, for the introduction :
Reporting questions is basically the act of expressing questions that people asked in the past. Either saying exactly what was said ( direct speech ) or using your own words to say it.( Indirect Speech )
This concept can be better understood through examples :
Rules for converting Direct questions into Indirect Questions :
- The reporting verb said/says is changed to asked/asks.
- If reporting speech has verb at it's start then " if " is used in place of " that ".
- If the reporting speech has interrogative words like who, when, why, how, then neither if is used nor any other word is added.
- A period is placed at the end instead of question mark.
More Examples :
- Anupam says, "where do you live? "
Anupam asks me where I live.
- Sanjeeb says, "Can you solve the problem?"
Sanjeeb asks me if i can solve the problem.
- Prabin said, "Does Uraashna Love me? "
Prabin asked if Uraashna loved him.
- Dinesh said to his friends, "Who went to Muktinath for worshipping the God?"
Dinesh asked his friends if any of them went to Muktinath for worshipping the god.