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Indirect Questions

Indirect questions are a polite and often more formal way of asking questions. They differ from direct questions in their structure and use. Indirect questions are questions embedded within statements or other questions. They are commonly used to show politeness or to soften the impact of a question. Instead of asking a question directly, you rephrase it in a way that makes it sound less direct and more courteous.

Indirect Questions

Choose the correct indirect question for each direct question provided.

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Direct: Where is the nearest pharmacy?

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Direct: When does the train leave?

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Direct: Is the library open today?

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Direct: How much is this book?

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Direct: Why did they cancel the meeting?

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Direct: What time does the show start?

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Can you help me with this problem?

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Direct: Where did she go last night?

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Direct: Will it rain tomorrow?

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Direct: Who is your favorite actor?

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Direct: How do you make this dish?

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Direct: What are the office hours?

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