indirect question

indirect question
indirect question NOUN Grammar a question in reported speech (e.g. they asked who I was).

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  • indirect question — noun (grammar) A question in indirect speech, as in She asked whether he was leaving • • • Main Entry: ↑indirect * * * ˌindirect ˈquestion [indirect question] (also reˌported ˈquestion …   Useful english dictionary

  • indirect question — An indirect question is a question put into reported form. For example, What do they want to do? is a direct question and its indirect form is I asked them what they wanted to do. When the direct question calls for an answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’, the… …   Modern English usage

  • indirect question — indirect questions N COUNT An indirect question is the same as a reported question. [mainly BRIT] Syn: reported question …   English dictionary

  • indirect question — noun count LINGUISTICS the words that you use to report a question that someone else has asked, for example She asked me where I was going …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • indirect question — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms indirect question : singular indirect question plural indirect questions linguistics the words that you use to report a question that someone else has asked, for example She asked me where I was going …   English dictionary

  • indirect question — noun Grammar a question in reported speech (e.g. they asked who I was) …   English new terms dictionary

  • ˌindirect ˈquestion — noun [C] linguistics the words that you use to report a question that someone else has asked, for example ‘She asked me where I was going …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • question — see beg the question, indirect question …   Modern English usage

  • Question mark — ? redirects here. For other uses, see Question mark (disambiguation). For the backwards or mirrored question mark used to indicate irony or sarcasm, see percontation point. For Wikipedia s help pages, see Help:Contents ? Question mark …   Wikipedia

  • indirect — adj. 1 not going straight to the point. 2 (of a route etc.) not straight. 3 not directly sought or aimed at (an indirect result). 4 (of lighting) from a concealed source and diffusely reflected. Phrases and idioms: indirect object Gram. a person… …   Useful english dictionary

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