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    indirect, polite ,questions

    Hi!
    I have a little problem about a polite question using "wonder". What is the correct or more usual form?

    I wonder if you could tell me what time the bus leaves

    or

    I wonder if you could tell me what time leaves the bus?

    Thanks for your help


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    Re: indirect, polite ,questions

    Quote Originally Posted by alvarofernandez View Post
    Hi!
    I have a little problem about a polite question using "wonder". What is the correct or more usual form?

    I wonder if you could tell me what time the bus leaves

    or

    I wonder if you could tell me what time leaves the bus?

    Thanks for your help
    The first is the normal word order. There's no need to invert the subject and the verb because the whole sentence isn't really a question and secondly, we don't invert anyway to ask 'what time' questions. We use the auxiliary verb 'does'.

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    Smile Re: indirect, polite ,questions

    Quote Originally Posted by alvarofernandez View Post
    Hi!
    I have a little problem about a polite question using "wonder". What is the correct or more usual form?

    I wonder if you could tell me what time the bus leaves

    or

    I wonder if you could tell me what time leaves the bus?

    Thanks for your help
    If you really want to be very, very polite, then use the verb wonder in the past continuous form:
    I was wondering if... ?


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    Re: indirect, polite ,questions

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    If you really want to be very, very polite, then use the verb wonder in the past continuous form:
    I was wondering if... ?

    Excellent point, Engee.

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    Smile Re: indirect, polite ,questions

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    Excellent point, Engee.
    Thank you, Riverkid.
    The idea of putting the verb in question into that particular form is quite fresh to me - I'm looking through all the grammar books I possess, creating a computer program.

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