GCSE Latin: Indirect Questions


Indirect Questions

An indirect question reports a question, either actual or implied.

I asked my brother what he had done.

In Latin this sentence would be:

fratrem rogavi quid fecisset.

In the above example, a question was actually asked (“What have you done?”). But the same construction can be used for an implied question:

cognovi quid frater fecisset.

I found out what my brother had done.

An indirect question can use an imperfect subjunctive or a pluperfect subjunctive, and is introduced by a question word.

The following question words can introduce an indirect question:

Table

quid what
quis who
quomodo how
quando when
quantus, -a, -um how big, great
qualis, -e what sort, kind
quot how many
quo to where
ubi where
unde from where
num whether, if
cur why

Match

  1. puellae nesciebant quando domum redire deberent.
  2. non audieramus quid rex facere constituisset.
  3. regina videre non poterat quantus mons esset.
  4. nesciebam num puer abiisset.
  5. consul legato dixit ubi feminae liberique essent.
  6. dux cognoscere conabatur quot hostes essent.
  7. nemo intellegere videbatur cur vir navem emisset.
  8. custos me rogavit quis essem undeque venissem.
  9. brevi tempore cognovimus quales cives illa in urbe habitarent.
  10. uxores mirabantur quomodo mariti tam facile nocte effugissent.