Reporting Questions / I asked where he was going
When reporting questions, expressions like “ask,” “wonder,” and “want to know” are used. Indirect questions do not have the normal word order of direct questions. For example:
“Where do you go?” He asked. – When reporting this question to someone else:
He asked where I went.
Note that when reporting a question, a past tense is used, as shown in the example above. The verb “go” is changed to “went” to match the past tense.
Are you from İstanbul? John said. – When reporting this question:
He asked if I was from İstanbul.
When will you visit her? She asked me. When reporting this question:
She wondered when I would visit her.
“Who took my book?” asked Jane. -When reporting this question, remove the quotation marks:
She wanted to know who had taken her book. -We changed the verb “took” to the past tense.
“What are you doing now?” Tom asked. – When reporting this question:
Tom asked what I was doing.
“What is your job?” He asked. -When reporting this question:
He asked what my job was.
“Where does your dad work?” She asked. – When reporting this question:
She wanted to know where my dad worked.
“Do you like English?” She asked. – When reporting this question:
She asked if I liked English.