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  1. Newbie
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    Question Indirect Questions

    May I know which answers are acceptable for the following questions?

    (1) "Why don't you buy this shirt?" he asked.
    (a) He asked me why I didn't buy that shirt.
    (b) He advised me to buy that shirt.
    (c) He suggested to me that I should buy that shirt.

    (2) "Can you please pass me the pen?" he asked.
    (a) He asked if I could pass him the pen.
    (a) He asked me to pass him the pen.

    Thanks for anyone who answers my question.

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    Re: Indirect Questions

    Welcome, Me4Fion.

    You'll need to provide your answers, first, and the reasons you chose them.

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    Re: Indirect Questions

    My answers are (b) and (c) for Q1 and (b) for Q2, as they are advice, suggestion and request, instead of a mere question. But some of my friends would argue with me over this; they say they are all in the form of questions so (a) should be acceptable too.

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    Re: Indirect Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Me4Fion View Post
    May I know which answers are acceptable for the following questions?

    (1) "Why don't you buy this shirt?" he asked.
    (a) He asked me why I didn't buy that shirt.
    (b) He advised me to buy that shirt.
    (c) He suggested to me that I should buy that shirt.

    (2) "Can you please pass me the pen?" he asked.
    (a) He asked if I could pass him the pen.
    (a) He asked me to pass him the pen.

    Thanks for anyone who answers my question.
    In reported (indirect) speech you must follow the sentence order and the question words (why) closely, and change some words (this for that), as a better choice in referring to what was not bought. This is not a case of suggestions or advice, just report exactly what has been said.

    Correct answers are:

    1a
    2a
    Last edited by bianca; 02-Jul-2007 at 12:13.

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    Smile Re: Indirect Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Me4Fion View Post
    My answers are (b) and (c) for Q1 and (b) for Q2, as they are advice, suggestion and request, instead of a mere question. But some of my friends would argue with me over this; they say they are all in the form of questions so (a) should be acceptable too.
    I think you've made the right choices, producing paraphrase in both sentences. However, I wouldn't say that Question 1 expresses advice. To me, it's just a suggestion.
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    Re: Indirect Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    Correct answers are:

    1a
    2a
    Please do not post answers. Guide the poster, help the poster to work out the problem. This is not an answers forum, it's a discussion forum. We are teachers. Which is why we do not provide answers to assignment related work.

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    Re: Indirect Questions

    I understand you. However, Me4Fion argued one thing to support his choice of answer ('as they are advice, suggestion and request, instead of a mere question') and I replied that reported speech is not a case of either advice or suggestions. Thus, b and c are excluded.

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    Smile Re: Indirect Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    ...and I replied that reported speech is not a case of either advice or suggestions. Thus, b and c are excluded.
    It sometimes is, actually.

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    Re: Indirect Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    I understand you. However, Me4Fion argued one thing to support his choice of answer ('as they are advice, suggestion and request, instead of a mere question') and I replied that reported speech is not a case of either advice or suggestions. Thus, b and c are excluded.
    Let the poster make that observation; moreover, involve the poster.

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    Re: Indirect Questions

    Thanks, bianca and engee30.

    bianca,
    I get what you mean. No offence - but when I referred to some reference books, the recommended answer to the first question is (b) or (c), and that to the second is (b). so my next question is: whether we should report the sentences as they really mean, or report them according as their form (for example, report all sentences ended in "?" in the way we report questions)?

    I hope anyone can help me as it really troubles me.

    Many thanks.

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