Shifts From Indirect To Direct Questions/Quotations
When writing questions and quotations, you will have to make a decision about switching between the direct and indirect. Sometimes – particularly if you’re writing many questions or quotations – the switch can help keep the interest of your reader; however, if you’re trying to maintain a smooth, even tone, staying with one or the other may be better. Here’s a quick explanation of each, so you can decide which would be better for your reader.
Are you available for a meeting this afternoon?
Has Andrew finished university yet?
I wonder if you were available for a meeting this afternoon.
We would like to know if Andrew has finished university yet.
Mary asked, “Would Michael like to come to the party with us?”
“Don’t do that to the book, please!” the librarian hissed.
Mary asked if Michael wanted to come to the party with us.
The library told her not to do that to the book.