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"Could Facebook’s actions towards developers be viewed as RICO offences, the committee asked a Facebook executive."

(The Guardian.)

Is "Could Facebook’s actions towards developers be viewed as RICO offences" a direct question or an indirect one (a sort of inversion) in the sentence above?

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To me, that sentence does not seem properly written. It seems like a mix-up between direct and indirect speech.

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The ending quotation mark was put in the wrong place.

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Quotations marks are mine.

The given sentence seems okay to me. This would be similar to the sentence: Are you and Jamie still going together, I asked Bob. That is, a narrative report of a question that was asked in past time.

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The given sentence seems okay to me. This would be similar to the sentence: Are you and Jamie still going together, I asked Bob. That is, a narrative report of a question that was asked in past time.

I'm a non-native so I'm not going to question grammaticality of that example sentence. But in my book, it should be reported like this:

I asked Bob whether he and Jamie were still going together.

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