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  1. keannu's Avatar
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    #1

    what would happen if I struck a

    Can you inverse the order of the underlined to " I wondered if I struck a match and touched the curtain quickly.what would happen"?
    I have never seen that, but if it can't be, what is the reason?

    6-43)My parents had gone shopping. As I stood alone in Mom and Dadís bedroom and my grandmother was napping in another part of the house, I noticed a box of matches on my Dadís bedside table. As I picked up the box, I could hear in my mind my fatherís voice saying
    as he had many times, ďDonít play with matches!Ē Behind the table were lovely white curtains. I wondered what would happen if I struck a match and touched the curtain quickly. When I did it, a small hole appeared in the curtain. I was horrified and quickly hid the curtain
    behind the table. ďMaybe they would never see it,Ē I thought. That night as I got in bed and pulled

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    #2

    Re: what would happen if I struck a

    IMO, you could if you wrote is as a quote:

    I wondered: "If I struck a match and touched the curtain quickly, what would happen?"
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: what would happen if I struck a

    Can you inverse the order of the underlined to " I wondered if I struck a match and touched the curtain quickly.what would happen"?
    Separating 'I wondered' from 'what would happen' makes the sentence unnatural.

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    Re: what would happen if I struck a

    It seems like "what would" clause is more related to "wonder" than the rest part. Does it go for "I thought what would happen...if.." as well?

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    Re: what would happen if I struck a

    To me it sounds all right either way, even when the words "wonder" and "would" are far apart.

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