Issue 171, page
Tent is back wondering
I wonder why people place a
question mark at the end of a sentence beginning with "I wonder..." To wonder is an action. If one is wondering one is
not asking a question, one is wondering. When I wonder at the
glorious world of nature, I am not asking a question about it, I am admiring
If you think you could write
"I wonder if it will rain?" without repressing a shudder, I
ask you to consider the following sentence:
"I wonder if it will
rain?" he asked.
Doesn't that asked
just look horribly wrong? It is because the person saying "I
wonder if it will rain" is not asking a question about the weather
but making a declarative statement about their state of their mind.
Quite simply, unless the
sentence is a question there's no question mark.
Has everyone got
that, now? I wonder!
Have you heard or read
similar or equally distressing usages?
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