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Who am I? And how, I wonder, will this story end?
Can you please tell/explain to me what kind of rules are used in the sentence above.
Thanks in advance.
The phrase, "I wonder", after "how" is set off by commas because it interrupts the natural flow of the sentence. As well, the phrase, "I wonder" though relevant, is additional.
And how will this story end?
We can add I wonder to the sentence without breaking up the natural grammatical flow, and in this way the commas are not necessary.
And I wonder how this story will end.
Now we have a noun clause "how this story will end", which is the object of "wonder", instead of an interrogative sentence.
I hope this helps. Let me know if you have a follow-up question or need additional clarification.
How about this:
He, too, was a farmer, like Juana's father.
Can we also apply the above rule to this sentence(Use commas to set off expressions that interrupt sentence flow)? Please explain.
Compare: Who am I? And how, I wonder, will this story end? If we take out 'I wonder' we are left with a complete sentence, Who am I? And how will this story end?
He, too, was a farmer, like Juana's father. If we take out 'was a farmer' what we are left with doesn't make sense, He too like Juana's father.
Last edited by bhaisahab; 27-Jul-2009 at 16:20. Reason: correction