A direct question is a normal question, when you want an answer. For example:
"Do you like my new trousers?" asked Susan.
Reported (or indirect) questions are when we tell someone about the question. However, it isn't a question now so the word order is different.
Susan asked me if I liked her new trousers.
A reported question uses a question word (e.g. who, how often) with normal sentence word order (subject + verb). Here are some examples:
|A asked (B)||Question||Subject||Verb|
|She asked me||why||I||hadn't finished.|
|I asked them||when||they||would go.|
If the question doesn't begin with a question word, we use 'if' or 'whether'. Don't forget, you also need to change the tenses, people, places etc. Look at the lesson for reported speech if you can't remember these.
Reported Questions Practice