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    #1

    I asked him "was he...".

    Hi,

    Question:
    Is my sentence correct in speaking (not writing)?
    Mistakes may exist at the connection between "him" and "was"

    Sentence:
    I asked him a question.
    I asked him was he confident that he could arrive on time.

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: I asked him "was he...".

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    Is my sentence correct in speaking (not writing)?
    Mistakes may exist at the connection between "him" and "was"

    Sentence:
    I asked him a question.
    I asked him was he confident that he could arrive on time.

    Thanks
    You'd be more likely to say,

    "I asked him if he was confident............."

    or

    "I asked him whether he was confident.........."

    buggles (not a teacher)

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    #3

    Re: I asked him "was he...".

    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    You'd be more likely to say
    But is it correct? I'm also interested in this question.

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    #4

    Re: I asked him "was he...".

    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    But is it correct? I'm also interested in this question.
    I suspect it is - just - especially if it had a comma..........

    I asked him, was he confident that he could arrive on time.

    Maybe an English teacher could give us a more definite answer.

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    #5

    Re: I asked him "was he...".

    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    I suspect it is - just - especially if it had a comma..........

    I asked him, was he confident that he could arrive on time.

    Maybe an English teacher could give us a more definite answer.
    Hi, i will "speak" this sentence, not "write".

    So, "comma" is not suitable.

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    #6

    Re: I asked him "was he...".

    "if" or "whether" should be added where buggles indicated.

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    #7

    Re: I asked him "was he...".

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi, i will "speak" this sentence, not "write".

    So, "comma" is not suitable.
    Point taken, but a comma usually indicates a slight pause, so if you say, "I asked him (pause) was he.........." then I suspect that would be acceptable.

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    #8

    Re: I asked him "was he...".

    I really don't agree.

    I asked him, "Are you..." as a direct quote.
    I asked him if/whether he was... as an indirect quote.

    The comma makes it no more correct.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #9

    Re: I asked him "was he...".

    My comments refer only to conversation. If the speaker was telling a friend about a conversation he'd had with someone else, "I asked him (pause) was he confident......." although not good, seems acceptable enough.

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    #10

    Re: I asked him "was he...".

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    Is my sentence correct in speaking (not writing)?
    Mistakes may exist at the connection between "him" and "was"

    Sentence:
    I asked him a question.
    I asked him was he confident that he could arrive on time.

    Thanks
    With a comma after "him", it's perfectly OK.

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