Today I heard someone saying "...people ask me how can I ...", I know it's wrong, but then again, what if she was quoting?

So the question is: Can you change an embedded interrogative clause to a quote when you speak?

E.g. "He asked me how he can get there?" "He asked me "how can I get there?""

I personally don't do that cause it might get confusing, (it's okay when you are writing, right?) but if you have to, can you?

Thank you very much!

marked as duplicate by Edwin Ashworth, tchrist Feb 4 '18 at 2:46

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Direct speech:

Question: "How can I get there?"

Reported speech: He asked me how he could get there.

Question: "What is your name?"

Reported speech: She asked me what my name was.

With the verb to be, take care to put the verb at the end.

Question: "When can you come?"

Reported Speech: She asked me when I could come.

Question: "**When **did they leave****?"

Reported Speech: He asked me when they left.

All direct speech can be converted to indirect speech. It can become slightly complicated but I have given a few more examples.

The problem is that you hear a lot of people just transposing the speech and not actually reporting it:

Question: "When are you expecting an answer"? [question form]

Incorrect: "They asked me when are you expecting an answer".

Correct: "They asked me when you are expecting an answer".

The verb must be put in some past tense.

Basically reported speech calls for questions to return to a statement form, which means you have to make sure the verbs are not inverted.

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