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    indirect speech

    The following sentence is suggested as an example of indirect question in Practical English Usage.
    ex. I am not sure whether I will have time.

    Then, is the sentence below be possible as an indirect question?
    ex. I will not be sure whether I will have time.

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    Re: indirect speech

    Quote Originally Posted by johm7712 View Post
    The following sentence is suggested as an example of indirect question in Practical English Usage.
    ex. I am not sure whether I will have time.

    Then, is the sentence below be possible as an indirect question?
    ex. I will not be sure whether I will have time.
    I can't fathom how "I am not sure whether I will have time" is an indirect question of any kind.

    Will you have time? (Direct question)
    Can you tell me if you will have time? (Indirect question)

    I am not sure if/whether I will have time = the answer to both the questions above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: indirect speech

    It is my gross mistake. I was somewhat out of my mind. I should be much more prudent before I post any question.
    But, my second sentence seems to be fine. Doesn't it?

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    Re: indirect speech

    Quote Originally Posted by johm7712 View Post
    It is my gross mistake. I was somewhat out of my mind. I should be much more prudent before I post any question.
    But, my second sentence seems to be fine. Doesn't it?
    No. "I will not be sure whether I will have time" is ungrammatical. You are not sure now if you will have time in the future. Therefore, the present tense is appropriate at the beginning.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: indirect speech

    Quote Originally Posted by johm7712 View Post
    I should be much more prudent before I post any question.
    ...and more careful in choosing a title. 'Indirect speech' and 'indirect question' are different things.

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