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    Indirect Questions for Politeness Indirect Questions for Politeness Presentation Transcript

    • INDIRECT QUESTIONS Maria Luisa Ochoa Huelva University
    • Indirect Questions
      • * Direct questions are often considered rude when speaking to strangers.
      • * To be more polite we often use INDIRECT QUESTION FORMS . Indirect questions serve the same purpose as direct questions, but are considered more formal.
    • Indirect Questions using wh-words
      • FORMULA :
      •  Introductory phrase +  question word ( what, when, where, why, which … ) +  subordinate clause (positive sentence structure)
      • Direct question : Where can I find El Prado Museum?
      • Could you tell me where I can find El Prado Museum ?
      • Introductory question subordinate
      • phrase word clause
      • When using an indirect question, use an introductory phrase followed by the question itself in positive sentence structure .
    • Indirect Questions with yes/no questions
      • FORMULA :
      •  Introductory phrase +  if/whether ( what, when, where, why, which … ) +  subordinate clause (positive sentence).
      • Direct question : Are you travelling on business ?
      • Could you tell me if/whether you are travelling ?
      • Introductory if/whether subordinate
      • phrase clause
      • When using an indirect question, use an introductory phrase followed by the question itself in positive sentence structure .
    • Indirect Questions
      • Here are some of the most common phrases used for asking indirect questions.
      • Do you know … ?
      • Can/Could you tell me … ?
      • Do you happen to know ...?
      • I wonder / was wondering …
      • I wonder if you´d mind telling me. . .
      • Would you mind telling me . . .?
      • Can I ask . . .?
      • May I ask you . . .?
      • I'd like to know ...
    • Examples
      • Direct question:
      • Where's the tourist information office?
      • Indirect question:
      • Could you tell me where the tourist information office is?
      • -------------------------ooooo--------------------------
      • Direct question:
      • Do you like flying?
      • Indirect question:
      • Could you tell me if you like flying?
    • Can I ask you when you are going to invite me to go to the USA? When are you going to invite me to go to the USA?
    • Would you mind telling me what the purpose of your visit is? What is the purpose of your visit?
    • Can you tell me how you got to the airport? How did you get to the airport?
    • Answers to Exercise practice.page 19
      • …… .what the time is?
      • …… .when the next flight to Amsterdam is?
      • …… if this is your suitcase?
      • … .. When the flight from Istambul arriveS?
      • … .how many times a year you fly.
      • … . if you have got any seats on the ten ….?
      • … . if there is a phone near here.
      • … . why there are no trains on Sundays?
      • Adapted by M. Luisa Ochoa from
      • http://katechao.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/lesson-6.ppt#4