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    Which one is correct?

    Which one is correct?

    "I wonder why he did that."

    "I wonder why did he do that."

    I want to know when I am just wondering about somthing (I mean I am not really asking a question like in the previous examples do I still have to use the question mark or not?

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    I wonder why did that.

    And

    I ask, "Why did he do that?". <--- direct quotation (of yourself)

    I ask why did that. <---- reported or indirect quotation (of yourself).

    To wonder is not yet to ask. So there's no speech to report directly. It seems a little silly, therefore, to say

    I wonder, "Why did he do that?".

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    #3

    Re: Which one is correct?

    I hardly understood. However, thank you indeed for the effort.

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    #4

    Re: Which one is correct?

    I'm sorry I was incoherent. :) Let's try again.

    In your mind you have the following question: "Why did he do that?".

    You can report it either as a direct quotation or as an indirect quotation. Direct quotation preserves the question; indirect quotation does not.

    Direct:

    He told me, "I am sick".

    I wonder, "Why did he do that?".

    I ask, "Why did he do that?".

    Indirect


    He told me he was sick.

    I wonder why he did that.

    I ask why he did that.

    ---

    In direct quotations the punctuation must include the quotation marks.

    In indirect quotations, the punctuation is more sparse.

    Therefore I wonder why he did that is correct. But *I wonder why he did he do that is not, unless you revise the punctuation.

    However, I think the indirect quotation is better for short thoughts that are left unspoken.
    Last edited by abaka; 12-Nov-2010 at 21:56.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Thank you very much indeed for your time and effort. Now I have fully understood.

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