Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 72 – Grammar – Noun Clauses: Embedded Questions

Welcome back, people! It’s time to learn how to use embedded questions to ask for information and to express what you do or do not know, how to interrupt politely, and how syllable stress affects a word’s meaning. You are then going to use these skills to describe a global city.

We can use embedded questions to ask a question more politely or indirectly, or to talk about what someone knows or remembers.

  • Embedded questions begin with expressions such as Can you tell me….?
  • Do you know?, and I was wondering….
  • Do you know where these things are from originally? (Where are they from originally?
  • They use sentence word order.
  • I was wondering why so many people move to cities (why do so many people move to cities?)
  • In embedded questions with be, the verb changes position.
  • In yes/no embedded questions, we use if or whether in place of a question word.
  • Peter wants to know whether there is one main cause of urbanization. (is there one main cause of urbanization?)

Write embedded questions. Use the questions and the expressions in parentheses.

  1. Where were you born?
  2. Did you grow up in the countryside?
  3. What’s your favorite kind of foreign food?
  4. Are you interested in living in another city or country?
  5. Are you going to move anywhere in the next year?
  6. Have you ever tried food from an unusual place?
  • Can you tell me….
  • I was wondering……
  • I’d like to know….
  • Can you tell me…
  • Do you know…..
  • Can you tell me…..


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