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    wonder/speak

    Hi

    1. I want to buy that car, although sometimes I wonder/am wondering if ...

    --- Which is better here "wonder" or "am wondering"? Does it make any difference?

    2. I didn't understand a word you were speaking in French.

    --- Do I need "in", I think I do?

    What about: Why did she speak "in" English to you? He spoke "in" English, so I could ....

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    Re: wonder/speak

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    1. I want to buy that car, although sometimes I wonder/am wondering if ...
    --- Which is better here "wonder" or "am wondering"? Does it make any difference?
    sometimes I wonder if ...
    Yes, "Sometimes I'm wondering ..." is not correct in this context, and would only be correct in a rather contrived context.

    2. I didn't understand a word you were speaking in French.
    --- Do I need "in", I think I do?
    Yes, but it's awkward sentence.
    When you were speaking (in) French, I didn't understand a word you were saying. Here 'in' is optional.

    What about: Why did she speak "in" English to you? He spoke "in" English, so I could ....
    Yes, they are good sentences.
    If you are speaking English then you are speaking in English.
    cheers
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    Re: wonder/speak

    Hi

    What about: Why did she speak "in" English to you? He spoke "in" English, so I could ....
    Yes, they are good sentences.
    If you are speaking English then you are speaking in English.

    But do I need "in" in these cases?

    I didn't understand a word you were speaking in French.
    --- Do I need "in", I think I do?
    Yes, but it's awkward sentence. Shouldn't it be: Yes, but it's AN akward sentence.
    When you were speaking (in) French, I didn't understand a word you were saying. Here 'in' is optional.
    Last edited by GUEST2008; 15-Aug-2009 at 19:07.

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    Re: wonder/speak

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    What about: Why did she speak "in" English to you? He spoke "in" English, so I could ....
    Yes, they are good sentences.
    If you are speaking English then you are speaking in English.

    But do I need "in" in these cases?
    No, you don't need it. You may use it, or leave it out.

    I didn't understand a word you were speaking in French.
    --- Do I need "in", I think I do?
    Yes, but it's awkward sentence. Shouldn't it be: Yes, but it's AN akward sentence.
    Yes, that was a typo.
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    Re: wonder/speak

    Thank you Raymott!

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