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English definition of “indirect question”

indirect question

noun [C]     specialized
a question that is reported to other people in speech or writing, rather than the exact words of the original question , for example 'He asked me what was wrong .'Question words and expressionsGrammatical terms Grammar:If and whether: indirect questionsWe can use if or whether to report indirect yes-no questions and questions with or. If is more common than whether:
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