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6 Jan 2020 — Wonder

 

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Wild fire in California

If things keep going the way they are going, one day we'll be wondering about if we should have done something differently.

 

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If things keep going the way they are going, one day we'll be wondering about if we should have done something differently.

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If things keep going the way they are going, one day we'll be wondering about whether we should have done something differently.

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If things keep going the way they are going, one day we'll be wondering if we should have done something differently.

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If things keep going the way they are going, one day we'll be wondering that we should have done something differently.

 

GLOSSARY

consequence – results, effects, reactions, outcomes, issues

whether – the subordinator "whether" is preferred over the subordinator "if" in some situations. See Whether vs. If.

wonder (P)  – wonder is a verb that expresses uncertainty about the situation mentioned later in the clause.

i. We wonder about the future consequences. (PP)

ii. We wonder if there will be consequences. (subord. clause)

iii. We wonder whether there will be consequences. (subord. clause)

iv. We wonder about whether there will be consequences. (PP[subord. clause]) See Whether after a Preposition

v. We wonder why/ who/ whose/ when / what/ where .... (relative clauses) See Relative Clauses.

subordinator – a word (e.g., that, if, whether) before a clause that marks the entire clause as the subject of the clause or as the object of the verb (verbal complement). See That–Clauses

i. That he is a fool is well-known. (subject position)

ii. We all know that he is a fool. (verbal complement or "object")

"object" vs. "predicate complement" – arguments for separating terms.

 

 

IMAGE   

"The Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest near [sic] in California."  By US Dept. of Agriculture, Flickr, 17 Aug. 2013. flickr.com/photos/usdagov/9599182665. Accessed 6 Jan. 2020.