Want To Improve Your Grammar? Noun Clauses Quiz

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Want To Improve Your Grammar? Noun Clauses Quiz

We use embedded questions in a couple of different ways: 1) When we are asking a question more politely. E. G. Could you tell me where the metro station is? 2) When you are reporting back what question someone asked. E. G. She asked me where the metro station is. These are called information questions. 3)When you are reporting back questions with if/whether & the answer can be answered yes or no. E. G. She asked me if I could tell her where the metro is. The answer would be: Yes, I can or No, I can't.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which is the correct form of the answer? When does Summer 2 finish?
    • A. 

      She wanted to know if Summer 2 finishes.

    • B. 

      She wanted to know when Summer 2 finishes.

    • C. 

      She wanted to know when finishes Summer 2?

  • 2. 
    Look at the sentence structure for these embedded questions. Which  is correct?
    • A. 

      She wondered that I would make a lot of money.

    • B. 

      She wondered if I would make a lot of money.

  • 3. 
    Look at this embedded question. What kind of embedded question is it? Where do you live? She asked me where I live.
    • A. 

      If/whether question

    • B. 

      Information question

    • C. 

      Polite question

  • 4. 
    Which is the correct form of this embedded question? Why did you leave your last job?
    • A. 

      She asked why I did leave my last job.

    • B. 

      She asked me why I left my last job.

    • C. 

      She asked me why I had left my left my last job.

  • 5. 
    We can use if in conversational or formal English (Formal means more polite English). We use If for when:
    • A. 

      The answer can be answered YES or NO.

    • B. 

      Information questions

  • 6. 
    In Formal English, we also can use If or whether  in an embedded question together within a question when we are being extra polite:  Can I have more time to do my homework? (DIRECT SPEECH no extra politeness, no opinion). We are not reporting back what someone said. We are being direct.  NOW,  WE ARE BEING POLITE. SEE HOW THE DIRECT FORM CHANGES: I would like to know if or whether I could have  more time to do my homework?" ( extra polite).  Look at these direct questions. Choose the polite, embedded form.
    • A. 

      I would like to find out whether I could meet him later?

    • B. 

      I want to know if I can meet with him?

  • 7. 
    We could also ask the same question but in a more formal way.In Formal English, we also can use Whether or whether or not (the negative) in an embedded question when we are being extra polite. This means that we are expecting either a yes or no answer, but we are taking the chance that there might be a third choice. Like this: Should I ask my professor if or whether I could have more time to do my homework?" (DIRECT SPEECH) The answer could be: Yes, I think so. Or No, I dont' think so. Or Maybe later. Maybe later means the 3rd choice is possible. 
    • A. 

      Yes, I think so.

    • B. 

      No, I don't think so.

    • C. 

      Maybe now is not a good time or Maybe later.

  • 8. 
    In Formal English, we also can use IF OR  WHETHER . When we use WHETHER, it means that we are expecting either a yes or no answer, but we are taking the chance that there might be a third choice. Like this:  I would like to know  whether I should  ask my professor  for  more time to do my homework?" (DIRECT SPEECH) The answer could be: Yes, I think so. Or No, I dont' think so. Or Maybe later. Maybe later means the 3rd choice is possible.  Here are some similar WHETHER questions, but one has a mistake.
    • A. 

      I wonder whether an appointment I need.

    • B. 

      I wonder whether I need an appointment.

    • C. 

      I wonder whether chemistry is a good choice.

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