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.

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
willwould
cancould

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