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    Do you think + yes/no indirect question. Why no 'if/whether'?

    Hi I'm teaching Indirect questions and I've read that when the Indirect question is yes or no you use 'if' or 'whether'

    Can I ask if you're depriving Hayley?
    Do you know if you're depriving Hayley?
    could I ask if you're depriving Hayley?

    But now my book has thrown

    "Do you think you're depriving Hayley?', at me. Is this an indirect question? Why doesn't it use the 'if'/ 'whether' structure?

    Thank you for any help.

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    Re: Do you think + yes/no indirect question. Why no 'if/whether'?

    Can I ask if you're depriving Hayley?
    Do you know if you're depriving Hayley?
    could I ask if you're depriving Hayley?

    "Do you think (that) you're depriving Hayley?'

    In all four examples, the part I have coloured blue is placed inside a direct question. Let's rephrase them to cut out the directt question:

    I am asking if you are depriving Hayley.
    I would like to know if you are depriving Hayley.
    I would like to ask if you are depriving Hayley.

    I would like to ask if you think (that) you are depriving Hayley.


    It should now be clear that your fourth example is actually a direct question about an indirect affirmative statement.
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    Re: Do you think + yes/no indirect question. Why no 'if/whether'?

    I think I see it now. Thank you very much for the explanation.

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