The pediatrician sent us straight to the ER—forget dinner, let alone combing your hair. Once we were whisked into our hospital room, Graham was given a tiny gown with rocket ships on it and pumped with even more Benadryl. How about this? He was a champ. And since his visibility was at practically zero, that meant physical contact. By hour three in the ER, as we waited in vain for the Benadryl to kick in, it was well past bedtime. The main thing he remembers about his hospital visit was the bed with wheels, which he thought was the coolest thing since Thomas the Tank Engine.
By all counts, this year has been a year of reckoning for our nation, for our world. Every day the news headlines bring a new reason for lament. How long? What are you going to do about all this? I want to be more like my little boy, with just one pressing question: Where are you, Papa? For example: Direct question: Where is the bank?
Indirect question: Could you tell me where the bank is? Notice that in the indirect question I put the verb 'is' after the subject 'the bank' , in the same way as I do with a normal positive sentence 'the bank is over there' , but in the direct question I put the verb 'is' before the subject 'the bank'. This is called inversion, and it is used to make direct questions in many verb tenses in English, but we don't use inversion in indirect questions.
This is very similar to the grammar of reported questions. However, we use indirect questions in a different way from reported questions.
Indirect questions are a way of being polite. They are very, very common in English, especially when you're talking to someone you don't know. On the other hand, we don't usually need to 'backshift' change the tense of the verb as we do with reported questions. Of course, most tenses make questions by using 'inversion' changing the word order.
You don't need to use inversion. Can you tell me if he is Spanish? Present continuous Is the restaurant closing now? Can you tell me if the restaurant is closing now? Past simple with 'be' Was he late for the meeting? Can you tell me if he was late for the meeting? Past continuous Were you watching TV at 3pm? Can you tell me if you were watching TV at 3pm?
Present perfect Has Lucy been to Mexico? Can you tell me if Lucy has been to Mexico? Present perfect continuous Has she been living here long? Can you tell me if she has been living here long?
Past perfect Had she found this job when she moved here? Can you tell me if she had found this job when she moved here? Ngingakusiza na? Can you help me? Ungangisiza na? Go straight! Qonda ngqo! I'm looking for john. Ngifuna uJohane. One moment please! Siza ulinde umzuzu owodwa! Hold on please! How much is this? Kubiza malini? Excuse me! Come with me! Woza nami! Just a little. Kancane kodwa. What's your name? Ngubani igama lakho?
My name is Igama lami ngu Nice to meet you! Ngiyajabula ukukwazi! You're very kind! Umusa kakhulu! Where are you from? I'm from the U. I'm American Ngigowaze eMerika. Where do you live? To find out, learn which version is installed now. If you need to know the build number as well, click the version number to see it.
These are all Mac operating systems, starting with the most recent.Where are you? The above phrase is written entirely in hiragana, which is the more common way to see it written these days. However, there are kanji for these words that you will sometimes run into, depending on the time frame that the material was written in and also the preference of the author.