Indirect speech

Indirect questions

 

Direct questions are expressed in the indirect speech by a subordinate clause. When the direct question is a yes-no question, the indirect question is introduced by ob.

 

direct question (yes-no question)  
indirect question
Er fragt: "Tritt der Parteichef zurück?" Er fragt, ob der Parteichef zurücktrete.

 

If the direct question is introduced by a question word, then the indirect question is introduced by the same question word.

 

direct question (question-word questions)  
indirect question
Er fragt: "Wann tritt der Parteichef zurück?" Er fragt, wann der Parteichef zurücktrete.

 

The choice of mood depends on the same criteria (everyday language/written language/identical forms of the Konjunktiv I and the indicative) that generally apply to the use of the indirect speech.