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Unit 50. Questions 2. (Do you know where ... ? / He asked me where ...)

Unit 50; Part A

galka.jpgDo you know where ... ? /I don't know why ... / Could you tell me what ... ? etc.
When the question (Where has Tom gone?) is part of a longer sentence (Do you know ... ? / I don't know ... / Can you tell me ... ? etc.), the word order changes. We say:
•    What time is it?                        but  
•    Who are those people?   
•    Where can I find Linda?   
    How much will it cost? 
Do you know what time it is?
I don't know who those people are.
Can you tell me where I can find Linda?
Do you have any idea how much it will cost?

Be careful with
do/does/did questions. We say:
    What time does the film begin? but

    What do you mean?  
    Why did she leave early?  
Do you know what rime the film begins?
(not does the film begin)
Please explain what you mean.
I wonder why she left early.

Use if or whether where there is no other question word
(what, why etc.):
    Did anybody see you?               but

Do you know if anybody saw you?
or ... whether anybody saw you?

Unit 50; Part B

galka.jpgHe asked me where ... (reported questions)

In reported speech the verb usually changes to the past
(were, closed etc.). See Unit 47.
Study these examples. You had an interview for a job and these were some of the questions the interviewer asked you:
Later you tell a friend what the interviewer asked you. You use reported speech:
    She asked if (or whether) I was willing to travel.
    She wanted to know what I did in my spare time.
    She asked how long I had been working in my present job.
    She asked why I had applied for the job.
  (or ... why I applied)
    She wanted to know if (or whether) I could speak any foreign languages.
    She asked if (or whether) I had a driving licence.


flag.jpgMake a new sentence from the question in brackets.
Key.2    Could you tell me where the post office is?
3    I wonder what the time is.
4    I want to know what this word means.
5    Do you know what time they left?
6    I don't know if/whether Sue is going out tonight.
7    Do you have any idea where Caroline lives?
8    I can't remember where I parked the car.
9    Can you tell me if/whether there is a bank near here?
10  Tell me what you want.
11  I don't know why Kate didn't come to the party.
12  Do you know how much it costs to park here?
13  I have no idea who that woman is.
14  Do you know if/whether Liz got my letter?
15  Can you tell me how far it is to the airport?

1    (Where has Tom gone?) 
      Do you know    where Tom has gone?   
2    (Where is the post office?) 
      Could you tell me where ______________________
3    (What's the time?) 
      I wonder ______________________
4    (What does this word mean?) 
      I want to know ______________________
5    (What time did they leave?) 
      Do you know ______________________
6    (Is Sue going out tonight?) 
      I don't know ______________________
7    (Where does Caroline live?) 
      Do you have any idea ______________________
8    (Where did I park the car?) 
      I can't remember ______________________
9    (Is there a bank near here?) 
      Can you tell me ______________________
10  (What do you want?) 
      Tell me ______________________
11  (Why didn't Kate come to the party?)
      I don't know ______________________
12  (How much does it cost to park here?) 
      Do you know ______________________
13  (Who is that woman?) 
      I have no idea ______________________
14  (Did Liz get my letter?) 
      Do you know ______________________
15  (How far is it to the airport?) 
      Can you tell me ______________________
flag.jpgYou are making a phone call. You want to speak to Sue, but she isn't there. Somebody else answers the phone. You want to know three things:
(1) Where has she gone? (2) When will she be back? and (3) Did she go out alone? Complete the conversation:

Key.1    Do you know where she has gone?
2    I don't suppose you know when she'll be back / she will be back.
3    Do you happen to know it/whether she went out alone?

A: Do you know where _____________________? (1)
B: Sorry, I've got no idea.
A: Never mind. I don't suppose you know _____________________. (2)
B: No, I'm afraid not.
A: One more thing. Do you happen to know _____________________? (3)
B: I'm afraid I didn't see her go out.
A: OK. Well, thank you anyway. Goodbye.
flag.jpgYou have been away for a while and have just come back to your home town. You meet Tony, a friend of yours. He asks you a lot of questions:
Key.2    He asked me where I'd been. / ... where I had been.
3    He asked me how long I'd been back. / ... how long I had been back.
4    He asked me what I was doing now.
5    He asked me why I'd come back. / ... why I had come back, or ... why I came back.
6    He asked me where I was living.
7    He asked me if/whether I was glad to be back.
8    He asked me if/whether I had any plans to go away again.
9    He asked me if/whether I could lend him some money.


Now you tell another friend what Tony asked you. Use reported speech.
1    He asked me how I was.                         
2    He asked me ______________________
3    He ________________________________
4    ___________________________________
6    ___________________________________        
7    ___________________________________
8    ___________________________________
9    ___________________________________

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