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Hi

Could you please tell me if the following sentences are the examples of semi indirect speech? Are they correct and natural?
1) Tell me, do you think he is guilty?

2) She asked me, did I think she was wrong?

3) I was just wondering, will you come to the party?

Thanks,

Tom

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Yes, they are semi-indirect.

Have you seen this [url=http://www.EnglishForward.com/English/TellMeWhoIsTheWinner/gxgxg/post.htm#572001 ]THREAD[/url]?
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Thank you, Mister Micawber.

So, am I to understand that semi-indirect (or the sentences that I have given as example) is informal AND FAR AWAY FROM WRONG/INCORRECT?

Also, I noticed that you used the word "uneducated" for one of the examples of semi-indirect in the link you provided. Could you please shed some light on this?

Thanks again,

Tom
No, not 'far away' from anything, and you'll have to post whatever I said was 'uneducated'. I haven't the time to delve.
The sentence was:
I don't know who is she.

Since we can say: I don't know who is to blame. I think it should be OK to say: I don't know who is she., taking who as the subject of the noun clause. In the sentence I don't know who she is, who is the subject complement of the clause.


Mister Micawber wrote:
You can say it, LC-- though it has nothing to do with the blameworthy person-- but it is unacceptable in most quarters and considered uneducated.
Now my question is:

Are my original sentences unacceptable in most quarters and considered uneducated?

Thanks for your time and effort,

Tom
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No, just that case sounds awful to me.
I'm grateful!

So, am I to understand that all "semi-indirect" speech is not informal? Some of it is almost wrong (or uneducated or awful as you said)?

Tom
It appears to me from the examples given in both this and the other thread that there is a range of acceptability-- if I'm grading the paper.
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Hi

Do the following sentences fall under the same "category" we've been discussing?


1) My question is whether/if we will be able to meet once more before your departure.

2) My question is, will we be able to meet once more before your departure?

From the previous discussion, I understand that the second is informal and used more frequently.

Right?

Thanks again,

Tom
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