Indirect questions are a non-threatening way of asking questions that you perhaps already know the answer to, but there is nothing wrong with asking to be sure. For me this is like the humble bicycle, the decision to own a bicycle can be hard to make because so little depends on it if you need it for recreation. If you need it to do your job, like a pizza delivery service then a lot rides on the bike, (no pun intended). "It is the question that drives us", Morpheus said (The Matrix), but it may be a question that you don't expect an answer to, or a rhetorical question, for example, "Do we really care? No, we don't" Can you answer your own questions? Why not? Questions are powerful tools, so in this lesson you'll learn a mighty tool, passive questioning, oh and you can find out one or two things about the humble bicycle.
Possible answers to how to create indirect questions: a. I wonder if you know where the Tour de France is held? b. Do you happen to know when the bicycle was invented? c. I don't remember when you started working for this firm?(Said with raised inflection indicating a question.) d. We're trying to find out why the bicycle is so popular? e. Could you please tell me your name? These are the possible answers to the questions, if you found another way to make indirect questions tell me about it. I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any questions please feel free to comment, or send me an email.
ANNABELLE B-BAUMANN, Communication Coach
"Annabelle I've learned alot from you .....with your friendly art and your diversified lessons... it is never boring!!!" -Doris, BASF
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