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Embedded Questions
Embedded questions are questions within 
another statement or question. They 
function as noun clauses...
Embedded Questions
 Wh- questions may be embedded within a 
statement.                                          
Embedded...
Embedded Questions
Wh- questions may be embedded within a 
statement.
Where is the bank? 
I don't know where the bank is....
Embedded Questions
• WH-Questions with BE (is, are, was, were)
Asking for information:
• Where is the bank?
• Do you know ...
More examples:
• What is she doing?
• Do you know what she is doing?
I don’t know what she’s doing.
• Why was the kid cryi...
WH-Questions with
DO/DOES/DID
Where does he live?
Do you know where he lives?
I don’t know where he lives.
How often do th...
Embedded YES/NO Questions
I don't know whether
I've forgotten if
I don't/can't remember
Yes/No Questions
• Do you know if Tom is in school today?
whether
• I don’t know if Tom is in school today.
whether
Yes/No Questions
• Do you know if Mary works here?
whether
• I don’t know if Mary works here.
whether
References:
• http://www.eslgold.com/grammar/embedded_questions.html
• http://www.headsupenglish.com/index.php/upper-
inte...
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  1. 1. Embedded Questions Embedded questions are questions within  another statement or question. They  function as noun clauses and as such should  generally follow statement, not question,  order. An embedded question is a question  included in another question or  statement. Embedded questions feel less  abrupt, and so have a softening effect.
  2. 2. Embedded Questions  Wh- questions may be embedded within a  statement.                                           Embedded Wh- questions I don't know I've forgotten I don't/can't remember I am not sure what time where what why
  3. 3. Embedded Questions Wh- questions may be embedded within a  statement. Where is the bank?  I don't know where the bank is. What did she say?  I didn't hear what she said. What is the definition?  I can't remember what the definition is.
  4. 4. Embedded Questions • WH-Questions with BE (is, are, was, were) Asking for information: • Where is the bank? • Do you know where the bank is? (embedded question) • I don’t know where the bank is.
  5. 5. More examples: • What is she doing? • Do you know what she is doing? I don’t know what she’s doing. • Why was the kid crying? • Do you know why the kind was crying? I don’t know why the kid was crying.
  6. 6. WH-Questions with DO/DOES/DID Where does he live? Do you know where he lives? I don’t know where he lives. How often do they come here? Do you know how often they come here? I don’t know how often they come here.
  7. 7. Embedded YES/NO Questions I don't know whether I've forgotten if I don't/can't remember
  8. 8. Yes/No Questions • Do you know if Tom is in school today? whether • I don’t know if Tom is in school today. whether
  9. 9. Yes/No Questions • Do you know if Mary works here? whether • I don’t know if Mary works here. whether
  10. 10. References: • http://www.eslgold.com/grammar/embedded_questions.html • http://www.headsupenglish.com/index.php/upper- intermediate-students/upper-intermediate-skill- builders/upper-intermediate-grammar/339-embedded- questions
  11. 11. Thank you!

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