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I need to convert the following to reported speech:

in terms of availability of coming to Germany how much notice do you need?

Which one is correct ?

  • When he asked me what was my avaliability of coming to Germany

  • When he asked me what my avaliability of coming to Germany was

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    They both sound awkward. I would say "When he asked about my availability for coming to Germany..." Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 11:53

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The second question is the correct one.

 A direct question may start with a) an interrogative word/expression or, b) with an auxiliary.
 Ex a) **What** is your availability of coming to Germany? As you can see the subject "your availability of coming to Germany" comes after the main verb or, if you have an auxiliary accompanying the main verb, it comes in between.(Changing the tense- ex- What will  your availability of coming to Germany be?    
  But, what happens to this question if you place something before like "when he asked me..?- (in this case, to report something), - THE ORDER OF THE DIRECT QUESTION CHANGES AND, after the question word, immediately comes the subject and, AFTER IT, the verb(s),so

" when he asked me WHAT my availability of coming to Germany WAS..."(would be the correct one)

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  • I do not understand why the answer I wrote is not complete.
    – lalynacar.
    Commented May 6, 2016 at 1:11

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