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indirect question

a question reported in indirect speech, as in She asked why you came Compare direct question
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Historical Examples
  • An indirect question is sometimes expressed by means of an interrogative pronoun or adverb followed by an infinitive.

  • Aurora replied neither to the direct nor the indirect question.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3) M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • But whichever tense be used in the summary, a past tense in indirect discourse or in indirect question remains unchanged.

    The Elements of Style William Strunk
  • An indirect question to one of the clerks helped him to an explanation of this.

  • Que redundant is required after decir introducing an indirect question.

    Novelas Cortas Pedro Antonio de Alarcn
  • An indirect question expresses the substance of a direct question in the form of a subordinate clause.

  • Place a question mark after a direct question, but not after an indirect question.

  • An indirect question, on the contrary, has an interrogative sense which may be seen by turning the question into the direct form.

  • The indirect quotation is usually introduced by that, and the indirect question by whether or if, or regular interrogatives.

    An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
  • An exclamatory sentence in the form of an indirect question is followed by an exclamation point; as,How absolute the knave is!

Contemporary definitions for indirect question

a question embedded in a sentence; an inquiry in reported speech, e.g. He asked who I was.

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