Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|32. Do you know where..?

Read the rules

Do you know where…? / I don’t know why… / Could you tell me what…? etc.

We say: Where has Tom gone?

but Do you know where Tom has gone? (not Do you know where has Tom gone?)

When the question (Where has Tom gone?) is part of a longer sentence (Do you know…? / I don’t know… / Can you tell me…? etc.), the word order changes. We say:

✔️ What time is it? but Do you know what time it is?

✔️ Who are those people? but I don’t know who those people are.

✔️ Where can I find Linda? but Can you tell me where I can find Linda?

✔️ How much will it cost? but Do you have any idea how much it will cost?

Be careful with do/does/did questions. We say:

✔️ What time does the film begin? but Do you know what time the film begins? (not does the film begin)

✔️ What do you mean? but Please explain what you mean.

✔️ Why did she leave early? but I wonder why she left early.

Use if or whether where there is no other question word (what, why etc.):

✔️ Did anybody see you? but Do you know if anybody saw you? orwhether anybody saw you?


Read the rules

He asked me where(reported questions)

The same changes in word order happen in reported questions. Compare:

1. direct The police officer said to us, «Where are you going

reported The police officer asked us where we were going.

2. direct Clare said, «What time do the banks close

reported Clare wanted to know what time the banks closed.

In reported speech the verb usually changes to the past (were, closed etc.). Study these examples. You had an interview for a job and these were some of the questions the interviewer asked you:

1. Are you willing to travel?

2. What do you do in your spare time?

3. How long have you been working in your present job?

4. Why did you apply for the job?

5. Can you speak any foreign languages?

6. Do you have a driving licence?

Later you tell a friend what the interviewer asked you. You use reported speech:

1. She asked if (or whether) I was willing to travel.

2. She wanted to know what I did in my spare time.

3. She asked how long I had been working in my present job.

4. She asked why I had applied for the job. (or … why I applied)

5. She wanted to know if (or whether) I could speak any foreign languages.

6. She asked if (or whether) I had a driving licence.


Make a new sentence from the question in brackets

You are making a phone call. You want to speak to Sue, but she isn’t there. Somebody else answers the phone. You want to know three things:


1. Where has she gone?

2. When will she be back?

3. Did she go out alone?

Complete the conversation:

You have been away for a while and have just come back to your home town. You meet Tony, a friend of yours. He asks you a lot of questions:



1. How are you?

2. Where have you been?

3. How long have you been back?

4. What are you doing now?

5. Why did you come back?

6. Where are you living?

7. Are you glad to be back?

8. Do you have any plans to go away again?

9. Can you lend me some money?

Now you tell another friend what Tony asked you. Use reported speech.

If you open the lesson plan you will be able to assign separate pages as homework or all the homework pages at once.

Урок Homework Курс
  • Do you know where..?
  • He asked me where...
  • Where has Tom gone?
  • Where has she gone?
  • How are you?
  • Homework
  1. 1. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|1. I am doing and I do
  2. 2. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|2. I am doing and I do
  3. 3. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|3. I did
  4. 4. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|4. I was doing
  5. 5. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|5. I have done
  6. 6. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|6. I have done 2
  7. 7. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|7. I have been doing
  8. 8. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|8. I've been doing / I've done
  9. 9. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|9. How long have you (been)...?
  10. 10. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|10. For/since; When/How long?
  11. 11. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|11. I have done and I did
  12. 12. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|12. I have done and I did 2
  13. 13. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|13. I had done
  14. 14. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|14. I had been doing
  15. 15. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|15. The future: I am doing / I do
  16. 16. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|16. I will and I'm going to
  17. 17. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|17. Future: Continuous/Perfect
  18. 18. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|18. Conditional I
  19. 19. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|19. Can, could and (be) able to
  20. 20. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|20. Have to and must
  21. 21. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|21. If I do... and If I did...
  22. 22. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|22. If I knew... I wish I knew...
  23. 23. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|23. Conditional III
  24. 24. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|24. Wish
  25. 25. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|25. Is done / was done
  26. 26. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|26. Be/been/being + done
  27. 27. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|27. Passive 3
  28. 28. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|28. Passive: He is said to...
  29. 29. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|29. Have something done
  30. 30. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|30. He said that...
  31. 31. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|31. Say and Tell
  32. 32. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|32. Do you know where..?
  33. 33. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|33. Auxiliary verbs; so/neither
  34. 34. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|34. Do you? Isn't it? etc.
  35. 35. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|35. Gerund
  36. 36. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|36. Verb + to Infinitive
  37. 37. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|37. Verb + Object + to Infinitive
  38. 38. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|38. -ing or to: change in meaning
  39. 39. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|39. Try/Need/Help: -ing or to
  40. 40. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|40. Like / Would like: -ing or to
  41. 41. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|41. Some/any/no/none
  42. 42. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|42. Much/many/few/little
  43. 43. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|43. Both/either/neither/all/every