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Atatürk
Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 8:13:09 AM
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He wondered.... his son hadn't done his best to pass the entr exam.

Why
If
Whether
That

In my opinion, all the choices are possible. Think

Advice and classroom hints are one thing, grammar rules are another. Michael Lewis (1986)
Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 8:33:16 AM
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In my opinion, only 'why' works.
thar
Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 8:42:44 AM

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To wonder is to question or to be amazed, so you can ask yourself all these questions or have these thoughts

why - what is the reason?
If - is that true or not?
whether or not - as above
that - isn't that amazing! He must be stupid to make such a bad decision. (rare, not very natural). You would normally say ' I wonder at his not revising', which means it amazes and shocks you.

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 11:10:01 AM

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Yes - it's common to wonder why, to wonder if, or to wonder whether.
It's not so normal to wonder that.

I wonder why he didn't work hard. - Why didn't he work hard?

I wonder if he worked hard. - Did he work hard?

I wonder whether he worked hard. - Did he work hard or not?

I wonder that he worked hard. - I find it wonderful that he worked so hard. I didn't expect him to. (Very unusual - sounds old-fashioned/archaic)


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
NKM
Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 11:33:20 AM

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I agree with both Thar and DragO.

(Just to point out that their responses are valid for American English as well.)

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 11:40:13 AM

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And I agree with NKM - just to show that it IS possible for an Englishman to agree with an American occasionally.
Even an American from New York!
Whistle Whistle

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
NKM
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 3:05:49 PM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
And I agree with NKM - just to show that it IS possible for an Englishman to agree with an American occasionally.
Even an American from New York!
Whistle Whistle

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From New York State, that is. I'm not one of those down-state city slickers.

Romany
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 3:48:52 PM
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When I was a kid I thought New York State was just the area encompassed byDrool New York City.

Which, I expect, is not as stupid as it sounds to a child who knows about the Vatican, Canberra A.C.T., The City of London?

But to a mother of two kids?Speak to the hand

Yep. I blush to admit I was in my late thirties before my error was pointed out. And was mocked and laughed at most fiendishly by both my sons.Sick
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