Reporting Questions

Reporting Questions

Most of the time, we are asking questions. As you know, asking questions is a wonderful way of seeking and finding information. Sometimes we have to ask the same questions to different people to find the right answer.

In that case, we may have to repeat other people’s questions to find the answer. We may have to report those questions.

A question cannot be reported as such. We have to change the ‘question form’ into ‘statement form’ in order to report a question.

Remember: In a question the operative comes before the subject.

In a statement the subject comes before the operative.

Change these questions into statement clauses:

  1. Where are you going when you leave this place?
  2. How did he live alone all these years?
  3. When will he come home to see his parents?
  4. Who are you to prevent me from entering my house?
  5. What is the name of that large snake about which they made a movie?
  6. Which is the easiest way to the temple?
  7. When did they come back from that place?
  8. How do you know that my uncle lives in Chennai?
  9. What did he take with him when he went there?
  10. How did they catch such a huge tiger without using a sedative?

 

Remember:

Quotation mark and question mark are not used in reported speeches.

The tense is pushed one step back into the past.

 

 

Report these sentences:

  1. Our teacher said, “Students, who can help me to find the answer?”

___________________________________________________________

  1. My father said, “How will they come?”

___________________________________________________________

  1. She said, “Doctor, what is wrong with me?”

___________________________________________________________

  1. He said, “Meera, where is your notebook?”

___________________________________________________________

  1. She said, “Sneha, when do you go to school?”

___________________________________________________________

  1. They asked the officer, “Who has done this to us?”

___________________________________________________________

  1. Seena asked her brother, “Where were you?”

___________________________________________________________

  1. Sonia asked her father, “Where did you go yesterday?”

___________________________________________________________

  1. Arun asked his teacher, “How did I do in the test?”

___________________________________________________________

  1. Tanya asked her friend, “Whom did you visit there?”

___________________________________________________________

  1. The students asked the foreman, “How does the machine work?”

___________________________________________________________

  1. The old man said, “Friends, what can we do now?”

___________________________________________________________

Sreekumar. K/English/Basic Grammar/11.1

 

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