In reported questions the subject normally comes before the verb. It is not necessary to use do or did. Question marks are not used in reported questions.
- He said, „When are you leaving?“
- He asked me when I was leaving. (NOT When was I leaving?)
- I said, „Where are you staying?“
- I asked her where she was staying.
- „Where does John live?“ she asked me.
- She asked me where John lived.
- John asked, „Where did you go last weekend?“
- John asked where I had gone the previous weekend.
- He asked, „Why are you staring at me?“
- He asked me why I was staring at him.
Yes/No questions are reported with if/whether.
- „Do you speak English,“ she asked him.
- She asked him if he spoke English.
- „Are you British or French?“ they asked me.
- They asked me whether I was British or French.
- „Did you come by train?“ she enquired.
- She enquired if I had come by train.
We do not normally use say or tell in reported questions.
Wh-questions are reported by using ask (or another verb like ask) + question word + clause. We use normal word order.
- „What is your name?“ he asked me.
- He asked what my name was.
- „How old is your mother?“ he asked her.
- He asked her how old her mother was.
When we report questions constructed with who/what/which + be + complement, be can be put before or after the complement.
- She asked, „Who is the best player here?“
- She asked me who the best player was.
- She asked me who was the best player.
- He asked, „What is the matter?”
- He asked what the matter was.
- He asked what was the matter.