Reporting questions

("Do you really think we are ready now?")

In a repeated question the main clause will not be He said, but something like He asked or She wanted to know. After that there are two cases to be considered:

1. WH-Questions

WH-questions owe their name to the fact that most interrogative pronouns start with wh, such as who or why. After the main clause you just repeat the interrogative pronoun and then continue like with all other reported speech sentences.

When did you read the book? becomes

She wanted to know when I had read the book.

2. Yes / No Questions

A Y/N-question is one that can only be answered with yes or no, because it does not start with an interrogative pronoun like when or why.
This leaves us with the problem to find another word to introduce the reported question. The little conjunction if is perfect for the job. Then you continue like with all other reported speech sentences.

Thus, our question

Do your really think we are ready now? becomes

He wanted to know if I really thought we were ready then.

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