I am a little unclear as to what the definition of Indirect Speech is especially as it applies to the examples given in the lesson and in the use of verbs such as, 'se demander' and 'savoir'.
How is this Indirect Speech:
Je me demande si tu viens ou pas. ?
What I do understand is that in cases where 'whether = if', then 'si + Mode Indicatif' is applied.
The way I usually work it out in my mind is if the sentence is expressing the idea of 'regardless of which' or 'whether or not' than 'Que + Le Subjunctif' is used.
Bonjour N. Hilary,
You are are correct that "que + Subjonctif" means "whether or not". It is also important to know that, in French, with the Indirect Speech, you never use "que". And the "que clause", being an independent clause, can be omitted entirely. The sentence will still make sense and won't its main message.
-> "Si" clause has to be there or the sentence means nothing
-> the "que clause" is independent and can be omitted - the main clause keeps its meaning
I hope this is helpful.
Bonne journée !
Very helpful explanation. Now I just need to go back and practice some more!
However, I still would like a definition for "Indirect Speech". What is it exactly and could you give me some examples please?
By the way, what is the correct way to say, "Thank you in advance":
"Merci par avance";
"Merci en avance"; or,
"Merci d'avance" ?
Anyway, your help is always very much appreciated.
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