Element FORM: REPORTED 'YES-NO' QUESTIONS
SuperCat REPORTED SPEECH
SubCat reported speech
Lexical Range N/A
Level B1
Cando Can report questions using 'ask' + 'if' or 'whether' + clause, with a pronoun and tense shift where relevant.
Corrected Learner Example You asked me if I like shopping. (Germany; B1 THRESHOLD; 2006; German; Pass)

I am asking you if we can change the time of the meeting to 5.00 pm. (Peru; B1 THRESHOLD; 2008; Spanish - Latin American; Pass)

A very rich movie producer asked her if she wanted to be in a movie, he said she would get paid 500,000 dollars, she agreed. (Peru; B1 THRESHOLD; 2009; Spanish - Latin American; Pass)

I asked her if she wanted to go and have dinner together. (Cyprus; B1 THRESHOLD; 2006; Greek; Pass)

Renata, a really good friend of mine, told me she was in this club, but she left it some time ago; she asked me if I was interested in joining this amazing club. (Mexico; B1 THRESHOLD; 2003; Spanish - Latin American; Pass)

I'm writing to ask whether you're free next Saturday or not. (Vietnam; B1 THRESHOLD; 2009; Vietnamese; Pass)
Uncorrected Learner Example
Comments Note that 'whether' in reported questions is very low frequency and in fact is even lower in native speaker corpus data.

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