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    #1

    "wonder if" or "don't know if "

    Could anyone answer the following question?
    What is the difference between:
    (a) I wonder if he is at home.
    and
    (b) I don't know if he is at home.
    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: "wonder if" or "don't know if "

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    The first is actually a sort of question-- a solicitation for someone else to respond with the required information.

    The second is a simple statement of the extent of the speaker's knowledge.
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    #3

    Re: "wonder if" or "don't know if "

    Additionally,

    [a] I wonder if the following is true or false: he is home.
    [b] I don't know the following information: whether he is home or not.


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    #4

    Re: "wonder if" or "don't know if "

    Mr Micawder, Casiopea,

    Thank you for your replies. Your replies are quite helpful for me.

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    #5

    Re: "wonder if" or "don't know if "

    You're most welcome, Yoshitakehori.

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