Some sentences act like questions. They are sentences, but they are actually asking a question.
Here are the most common sentence patterns.
- I don't know...
- I can't remember...
- I have no idea...
- I don't know why...
- Tell me...
- I am not sure...
- I was wondering...
- I am curious...
We use noun clauses to express the questions after these expressions. Because embedded questions are actually sentences, we should use sentence word order.
Remember to use "if" or "whether" with yes/no questions. Look at some examples.
- "Did she leave?"
I have no idea if she left.
- "Has she been to Europe?"
I can't remember if she has been to Europe.
- "Will it rain?"
I am not sure if it will rain.
- "Is she coming?"
I am not sure whether she is coming or not.
Use question words for regular questions.
"I was wondering..."
- "Where is the bank?"
I don't know where the bank is.
- "Why do people like it?"
I don't know why people like it.
- "What do you do?"
Tell me what you do.
is an important sentence to learn. We use "I was wondering..." to ask for help or a favor. It is very polite and you can use it in almost any situation to ask for help or a favor in an indirect and polite way.
It is often used when asking for help, a favor, or permission with yes/no questions as "I was wondering if..." or "I was wondering if I could..." or "I was wondering if you could..."
Note: We use the past tense "was/were", but we are not talking about the past. Think of it like this; I was wondering, but now I am asking.Make sure that you understand this English grammar well. It is important to know if you want to speak English fluently.
- I was wondering if I could move to a different room.
- She was wondering if she could turn in her homework one day late.
- I was wondering if you could lend me $20.
- We were wondering if you could help us.