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"He asked me where I was going and, when I had told him a second time he asked me did I know The Arab's Farewell to his Steed" (James Joyce "The Dubliners" - "Araby")

"Observing me the young lady came over and asked me did I wish to buy anything" (James Joyce "The Dubliners" - "Araby")

"In the end he would give her the money and ask her had she the intention of buying Sunday's dinner" (James Joyce "The Dubliners" - "Eveline")

As you can see, in all those examples the indirect speech sentence is written in interrogative form.
I have been looking for such a structure on many books, but I could not find any reference at all.
What is that? Maybe an old fashioned structure?

Thanks.
Best regards.
admeis
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Please take a look at [url=http://ohlone.ucsc.edu/~jim/PDFFiles/inv.pdf] THIS PAPER[/url].

paco
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This structure is called semi-indirect speech, and it is seen more often in narrative writing than elsewhere.

CJ
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This solved the issue, indeed!

Thanks
Best regards.
admeis
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