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Use of "wonder" as a verb (inglês/português)


Use of “wonder” as a verb = uso do verbo “wonder”
by Christa Maas


O substantivo “wonder” quer dizer “maravilha”, mas o que significa “wonder” como verbo, e como usamos este verbo?


O dicionário diz o seguinte:
1)
a = to be in a state of wonder ( estar num estado de espanto, admiração, pasmo)
b = to feel surprise (sentir surpresa)

2)
a = to feel curiosity or doubt (sentir curiosidade ou dúvida)
Example: I wonder if I should by that dress.
Exemplo: Será que eu devo comprar este vestido?

b = to be curious or in doubt about ( estar curioso ou em dúvida sobre algo)
Example: I Wonder why I am so tired.
Exemplo: Por que será que estou tão cansado?

 Examples:

We often use “wonder” in indirect questions to be polite.

Usamos “wonder” em perguntas indiretas para ser educado. Assim, o verbo wonder fica similar ao “será que...” no português :


Direct question/ Pergunta direta:
Can I ask you a question? - Posse te fazer uma pergunta?

Indirect question/ Pergunta indireta:
I wonder if I could ask you a question. - Será que eu posso te fazer uma pergunta?

Pardon me, I wonder if you live here. - Com licença, será que você mora aqui?

I wonder when the building was constructed. - Quando será que este prédio foi construído?

I wonder if there is a bank near here. - Será que tem um banco perto daqui?

Other examples using “wonder” / Outros exemplos usando “wonder”

I wonder how much time you spend watching TV.

I wonder which football team you support.

I wonder how old Mike is.

I wonder when you moved to Brazil.

I wonder why I have to arrive so early every day.

A: He really liked the museum!” B: “Really, I wondered about that!”

I wonder if you would like to come in for some tea.

I wonder how often you visit your parents.

They wonder if you visit your parents.

I wonder where I can find a good restaurant today.

I was wondering if you did find a good restaurant yesterday.

She was wondering what kind of car you drive.

I wonder if Sidnei is going to give the presentation.

I wonder what he would like to drink. Does he drink, I wonder?

He wondered how long you have been working on that project.

I wonder if he had already finished before you arrived.

Have you ever wondered why grass is green?

Who could that be at the door, I wonder?

She wondered aloud what to do with the money.

Sometimes his behavior makes me wonder.

I wonder if you understand this now.  😉

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