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When a question is reported, it becomes an indirect question. An indirect question does not end with a question mark; it ends with a full stop (period). We do not use quotation marks in indirect questions.

Examples:

  • The reporter asked, "When is the rain going to stop?"
  • The reporter asked the weatherman when the rain was going to stop.
  • The police officer asked him, "Where were you last Sunday?"
  • The police officer asked him where he was the previous Sunday.

 

We often use if in indirect questions.

Examples:

  • "Do you believe in one god or many gods?"
  • His uncle asked if I believe in one god or many gods.
  • My neighbour asked me, "Do you feel lonely without your wife and children?"
  • My neighbour asked me if I felt loney without my wife and children.

 

We can use whether or whether or not instead of if.

Examples:

  • They asked whether I believe in one god or many gods.
  • My sister asked me whether / whether or not I was sad that I had no friend.