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    Smile Is it any wonder that

    Please, dear friends and teachers,

    could you shed a light on this?

    I am trying to understand the meaning and usage of this sentence...

    Is it any wonder that Congress has little regard for constitutional boundaries?
    Is it any wonder that the problem of race relations shifted its locus too?

    So, what does that part in bold mean? I am guessing it means "Does it have a reason?", "Does it occur randomly?" or something like that.
    So, do they have something to do with "is it any wonder ...?"

    Many thanks!

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    Re: Is it any wonder that

    It's a statement of mild shock and disbelief.

    Is it any wonder that, when Icarus flew so close to the sun that the wax melted and he lost his feathers?

    Is it any wonder that, when you went out without a jacket that you caught a cold?

    Is it any wonder that, since you didn't study at all, you flunked your test?

    You could replace each with "It doesn't surprise me that"

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    Smile Re: Is it any wonder that

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    It's a statement of mild shock and disbelief.

    Is it any wonder that, when Icarus flew so close to the sun that the wax melted and he lost his feathers?

    Is it any wonder that, when you went out without a jacket that you caught a cold?

    Is it any wonder that, since you didn't study at all, you flunked your test?

    You could replace each with "It doesn't surprise me that"
    It's unbelievable that he bought a new car, isn't it?
    Is it any wonder that he bought a new car?

    Are they similar?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Is it any wonder that

    It's unbelievable that he bought a new car, isn't it?
    Is it any wonder that he bought a new car?


    Are they similar?

    No, they're not.

    Is it any wonder he bought a new car? = It's not surprising that he bought a new car.

    His old car needed $4000 of repairs. Is it any wonder he bought a new car instead of spending that much money to repair one that was 15 years old? = It's not surprising that the did that.

    If you say "It's unbelievable" you are expressing great surprise that he did so. When you consider that he has so much debt that he has to live with his parents to pay his bills, it's unbelievable that he bought a new car, isn't it? = I'm very surprised he did that.

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    Re: Is it any wonder that

    Okay, the site ate my post, which was must longer.

    No, they are opposite.

    Is it any wonder that = It's not surprising that something happened.

    It's unbelievable that = It is very surprising that something happened.

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    Re: Is it any wonder that

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    It's a statement of mild shock and disbelief.
    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Is it any wonder that = It's not surprising that something happened.

    It's unbelievable that = It is very surprising that something happened.
    disbelief means surprise, doesn't it? If so, could they be different in different countries? If so, again, things gonna be not easy, like Portuguese from Brazil and Portugal.

    Thanks for commenting!

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    Re: Is it any wonder that

    I am sorry if my mild shock and disbelief misled you. I can see why it did.

    I was more in "mild shock and disbelief" at the situation (in Barb's example, that his car was so dilapidated) than at the reaction (that he would buy another one). In my examples, I was more mildly shocked and incredulous at Icarus' stupid attempt at flying so close to the sun, than that the wax melted.

    Barb's examples are much clearer and closer to the meaning of the phrase.

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    Re: Is it any wonder that

    OK, no problem, both of you have helped me out a lot.

    Thank you!

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