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    #1

    wonder about

    I wonder about how Henry will get food and clothing.

    According to a book, "about" here is not necessary.

    "Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist.'
    This sentence is from a quote of Steven Hawking. I am puzzled over why "about' is used here. Any difference on the two occasions?

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    Jason

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    Re: wonder about

    No difference. It is optional in both uses.

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    Re: wonder about

    Yes, to me there is a difference. "Wondering about what makes the universe exist" has the sense of "wondering about the universe" - being in a state of wonderment - which is not present in the first example. To me, 'about' is less needed in 1 than in 2.

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    Re: wonder about

    I doubt that many NES would make that distinction. If I wonder how something works, I am thinking about how it works.

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