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    Cool Grammar

    Hi,

    Can someone explain on the right use of "I am wondering" and "I was wondering" (when, where, why, and how).

    I would be very grateful to any comments that you may have, thank you.

    Regards,
    Jeeva

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    However, 'I was wondering' is often used in the present as a way of trying to start a question, break into a conversation, etc:

    I am wondering about where to go on holiday this year= I am not sure yet
    I was wondering whether you could help me- Trying to be polite and offering you the chance to decline.


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    Thanks Tdol...you hit the nail on the head. Can I use them interchangeably?

    Regards,
    Jeeva

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    No- the present is used when you are not sure about yourself and the past is used when you are not sure about the other person.


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    Okay...now I see it, thank you very much and have a nice day.

    Regards,
    Jeeva


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    "I am wondering whether you could help me" can also be used but it makes the request seem pointedly rude, as if the speaker is trying to chastise the other person or it could express that the speaker thinks the person is incapable of helping, or doesn't really want to help.


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    Thanks alot.

    Regards,
    Jeeva


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    I think its easy to differ between both of them .
    thank rancher for these links .

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    Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Kopite32 View Post
    I think it's easy to distinguish between both of them .
    Thanks, rancher, for these links .
    Hope you don't mind my corrections.
    its=possessive
    it's=the contracted form of "it is"
    differ-to be unlike, dissimilar, or distinct in nature or qualities (Dictionary.com)
    If you just said "thank," you would be asking jeeva to thank me.

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