An indirect question is a more polite way of asking a question.
Where do you come from?
Would you mind telling me where you come from?
If a question doesn't begin with a word like who or what orhow often, we use if instead. For example:
Are you married?
Would you mind telling me if you are married?
This table shows how to make indirect questions.
|Question phrase||Q Word||Subject + Verb|
|Can you tell me|
Could you tell me
Do you know
Would you mind telling me
he was late?
we are going?
you can swim?
Now look at these examples:
Do you like him?
Can you tell me if you like him?
We don't say "can you tell me if do you like him?" because we just need the Subject + Verb at the end.
We use a similar structure to talk about questions when we don't actually want an answer. For example:
|I don't know|
I can't remember
I did it.
From: The Tiny TEFL Teacher