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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    #1

    I wonder

    Hello.

    What sentences are correct?

    1. I wonder why he did that.
    2. I wonder why did he do that?

    3. I'm wondering what it means.
    4. I'm wondering what does it mean?

    In my view there is no strong reason to write these sentences with such a word order that we normally use in questions. However, I always notice that native speakers usually have an interrogative intonation when they say something like sentences 2 and 4.

    Should I treat "wonder"-sentences as questions and write a question mark at the end or this peculiarity is more ingrained in spoken English (I mean should I have an interrogative intonation)?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: I wonder

    1 and 3 are correct. 2 and 4 need a comma: I wonder, why did he do that? Some people might prefer a colon there.

    Many people would hear 1 as a question and end it with a question mark. Nobody would do that with number 3.
    I am not a teacher.

  2. Piscean's Avatar
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    #3

    Re: I wonder

    The first and third are correct and natural. The second and fourth need a semi-colon or full stop after the first verb in writing, and a pause and change of intonation in speech.

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