1. What are embedded questions?
Embedded questions are questions that exist within full sentences, or inside other questions.
They are used to answer questions, or to ask questions in a less direct manner.
2. Examples of Embedded Questions
|Basic question||Embedded question|
|What is the time?||Do you know what the time is?|
|Where did she go?||Would you tell me where she went?|
|How do you do this?||Can you tell me how to do this?|
|When are Max and Fionn arriving?||We don’t know when Max and Fionn are arriving.|
3. Making Embedded Question Statements
To put an embedded question in a statement, the pattern is:
main statement + question word + subject + verb (+ object/preposition/compliment if necessary)
– Some common main statements:
I don’t remember…
Please tell me…
I’m not sure…
|Main statement||Question word||Subject||Verb||Object/Preposition||Embedded question|
|I don’t remember||what||the house||looks like||–||I don’t remember what the house looks like.|
|I wonder||if||we||have||money||I wonder if we have enough money.|
|Please tell me||how||I||get||there||Please tell me how I get there.|
4. Making Embedded Question Questions
Questions containing embedded questions follow the same pattern as statements with embedded questions, except the main statement becomes a main question.
Some common main questions:
Do you know…?
Do you remember…?
Could you tell me…?
|Main question||Question word||Subject||Verb||Compliment/Object||Embedded question|
|Do you know…?||how||I||get||to the train station||Do you know how I get to the train station?|
|Do you remember…?||where||we||parked||the car||Do you remember where we parked the car?|
|Could you tell me…?||whether||the bus||has gone||–||Could you tell me whether the bus has already gone?|
1. What are the simple questions being asked by these embedded questions?
– I don’t remember what time we got home.
– He isn’t sure whether they got the money.
– They are wondering whether you would like to come to the party.
– Do you remember how much the jacket cost?
– Could you tell me which bag is yours?
– Do you know which person hit you?
2. Make embedded statements or questions for these simple questions:
– Where is the exit?
– How many do you have?
– Is this yours?
– Why are you doing that?
– Who are you?