Intermediate grammar exercise: word order in questions and indirect questions

English grammar practice exercise, for pre-intermediate and intermediate level.

In this exercise you will practise word order in questions and indirect questions.

Exercise instructions

Put the words in brackets into the correct order. Remember, you’re also practising your writing skills, so your spelling must be correct.

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Reported questions - common mistakes
Common mistakes Correct version Why?
She asked me why did I work so much. She asked me why I worked so much. The word order in reported questions is: subject + verb.
She asked me it was raining. She asked me if it was raining. Yes-no questions (closed questions) begin with if when they become reported questions.
She asked me if I have been to Bristol?
She asked me what I do for a living.
She asked me if I had been to Bristol.
She asked me what I did for a living.
If the reporting verb (in this case ask) is in the past tense, we usually change the tense of the verb which follows:
I amI was
I canI could
have beenhad been
washad been

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