INDIRECT SUBJECT AND PREDICATE QUESTIONS

Grade 9A/C ladies:

There was an issue that we didn’t take into account for the test and 9A realized it was kind of complicate! That is the case of questions about the subject and questions about the predicate.

Confused? I bet you are!

Here’s an explanation!

Look at these questions:

Who do you study with?

I study with Joan.

How will you get there?

I’ll get there by bus.

Where have you stayed?

I’ve stayed in a hotel.

When did you live in Mexico?

I lived in Mexico in 1998.

All of the above are examples of sentences about the PREDICATE. The predicate is underlined.

They are reported as follows

He asked Wh Subject Auxiliary

(if needed*)

main verb

(past, past participle*, base*)

Complement

JP asked

who

I

studied

with.

how

I

would

get

there.

where

I

had

stayed.

when

I

had

lived.

Other questions are about the subject.

Who knows the answer?

Carlos knows the answer.

What caused this disaster?

A storm caused this disaster.

Who has finished?

I have finished.

What will help us?

The examples will help us.

These questions are about the SUBJECT which is underlined.

They are reported as follows:

He asked wh auxiliary

(if needed*)

main verb (past, past participle*, base*) Complement

JP asked

who

knew

the answer.

what

had

caused

this disaster.

who

had

finished.

what

would

help

us.

Now, copy and answer the questions below in a piece of paper.

What kind of indirect questions are the ones below?

  1. Carlos asked what they believed.
  2. Juan Carlos asked who had broken the window.
  3. Julian asked us where we had left our papers.
  4. The teacher asked what brought us there.
  5. George asked why we didn’t know the answer.
  6. My dad asked who I would go to the party with.
  7. My mom asked who would drive.
  8. Kyle asked what had happened.
  9. Gina asked who gave me that.
  10. Wendy asked what let us know the answer.
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