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    • Indirect Questions
      • When you want information you can ask questions directly:
      •  
      • Is he playing the piano?
      • Where is Tom ?
      • For these questions we use the inverted word order:
          • (auxiliary) verb + subject + (main verb)
      • Sometimes, however, we prefer to start our questions with “Do you know…” or “Could you tell me…?”
      • Questions that begin like that are called indirect questions and they have a different word order:
      •  
      • Is he playing the piano?
      • Do you know if he is playing the piano?
      • Where is Tom ?
      • Do you know where Tom is ?
      •  
      • Did you notice that we don’t invert the subject and the verb in the indirect questions ?
      • The word order is the same as the statement word order.
      • This is because indirect questions are questions inside questions:
      • Look:
      • [ Do you know ] [ where Tom is? ]
      • Question 1 is a regular question
      • Question 2 is an indirect question inside question 1 .
      question 1 question 2
      • Here are some more examples. Notice the highlighted indirect questions:
      • Can you tell me how much it is ?
      • Do you know if Helen can work tomorrow ?
      • Could you tell me what time the train leaves ?
      • Do you remember if Jim brought the documents ?