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What does 'I wonder' mean? #1 (permalink) Fri Mar 25, 2005 8:58 am   What does 'I wonder' mean?
 

Test No. incompl/elem-20 "Where am I?", question 1

Excuse me I ......... if you can help me.

(a) expect
(b) hope
(c) believe
(d) wonder

Test No. incompl/elem-20 "Where am I?", answer 1

Excuse me I wonder if you can help me.

Correct answer: (d) wonder
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hi,

why wonder?

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Wonder #2 (permalink) Fri Mar 25, 2005 9:32 am   Wonder
 

Wonder in this sentence means literally I ask myself or I am curious to know. It expresses the idea that you are anxious to know something.
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Hope or expect? #3 (permalink) Mon Oct 17, 2005 11:37 am   Hope or expect?
 

Dear Alan and friends,

Anyway, what're the differences between 'hope" and "expect"?

Thanks in advance and I hope to see the answer soon.

Best wishes,

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What does 'I wonder' mean? #4 (permalink) Tue May 22, 2007 1:13 am   What does 'I wonder' mean?
 

Is it correct to say: I wonder if you could help me? Because could is a more polite way to ask than can. Or am I wrong?
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What does 'I wonder' mean? #5 (permalink) Tue May 22, 2007 11:12 am   What does 'I wonder' mean?
 

Snoopy_Blah_Blah wrote:
Is it correct to say: I wonder if you could help me? Because could is a more polite way to ask than can. Or am I wrong?

You are right: 'could' is more formal and polite than 'can'.
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What does 'I wonder' mean? #6 (permalink) Tue May 22, 2007 22:40 pm   What does 'I wonder' mean?
 

Does this mean that we can use both can and could in this sentence?
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What does 'I wonder' mean? #7 (permalink) Tue May 22, 2007 22:43 pm   What does 'I wonder' mean?
 

Snoopy_Blah_Blah wrote:
Does this mean that we can use both can and could in this sentence?

Yes, either 'can' or 'could' can be used here.
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What does 'I wonder' mean? #8 (permalink) Sun Jun 28, 2009 21:08 pm   What does 'I wonder' mean?
 

let's say am not sure the person really know the place and am thinking if he or she can help me
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What does 'I wonder' mean? #9 (permalink) Sun Jun 28, 2009 21:55 pm   What does 'I wonder' mean?
 

I am not a teacher but how about --

1) Excuse me, I wonder if you could help me with this address.

2) Could you please help me with this address?
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What does 'I wonder' mean? #10 (permalink) Tue Jun 30, 2009 13:44 pm   What does 'I wonder' mean?
 

Hi~~~
i still confused about why can we ues 'HOPE' in this sentence?
is 'WONDER' mean 'want to know?'and 'HOPE' mean 'I want to you give me a hand?'
could you guys givmi more specific explain? thx!!
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What does 'I wonder' mean? #11 (permalink) Tue Jun 30, 2009 14:23 pm   What does 'I wonder' mean?
 

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Hi,

Back to the test sentence - you wouldn't say: 'I hope if you can ..'. That therefore removes 'hope' from the possible answers. If I say: I hope you can help me', it would be in response to: Can I help you?.

If you begin a sentence 'I wonder if you ..', you are about to make a polite request.

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What does 'I wonder' mean? #12 (permalink) Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:27 am   What does 'I wonder' mean?
 

Alan~
thank for your explain!
i think i got it
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What does 'I wonder' mean? #13 (permalink) Tue Aug 25, 2009 14:24 pm   What does 'I wonder' mean?
 

thank fỏ your explain!but i think simple that the mean of this sentence is better when we use "wonder"
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What does 'I wonder' mean? #14 (permalink) Tue Aug 25, 2009 16:51 pm   What does 'I wonder' mean?
 

Joyce Wu wrote:
Alan~
thank for your explain!

Your sentence should read 'thank you for your explanation'.

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What does 'I wonder' mean? #15 (permalink) Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:06 am   What does 'I wonder' mean?
 

Torsten wrote:
Joyce Wu wrote:
Alan~
thank for your explain!

Your sentence should read 'thank you for your explanation'.

OMG~how can i make this kind mistake...
"your" is a 'pronoun', so 'noun' have to put behind it.
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