Hi Teachers,

Could you tell, if the given synonyms are appropriate to 'wonder' according to the context of the sentence? If not could you tell me a better one?

I wonder how Mrs. Bentley is? the sergeant asked.

a) think about

b) am curious about

Thanks in advance
think about doesn't quite capture the meaning even though it's similar. would like to know is fairly synonymous; you could use that. am curious about is perfect.

I can't think of anything better.

(No question mark: "I wonder how Mrs. Bentley is," the sergeant asked.)

CJ
Hi Jim,

Thank you for your reply.

CalifJim(No question mark: "I wonder how Mrs. Bentley is," the sergeant asked.)
I can guarantee that the book has it with a question mark. Could it be just because of the entonation?

Best,

TS
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Thinking SpainI can guarantee that the book has it with a question mark.
Strange. To state that you wonder something is not a question. It might be intonation.

CJ
Hi Jim,

This is the sentence in the text book. It even has the verb 'asked'.

I wonder how Mrs. Bentley is? the sergeant asked.
Yes, but by implication he's asking about her health, so the use of "asked" isn't so strange. It's a different kind of asking. It's not saying directly, "How is Mrs. Bentley?" I think it could be a British thing.

CJ
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H Jim,

You are right. he is asking about her health.

This is how the trxt continues:

I wonder how Mrs. Bentley is? the sergeant asked.

Mrs. Bentley? Oh, you mean that old lady whose husband died a few years ago?

That’s right. She’s deaf, you know, so she never listens to the radio or watches television. In fact, she doesn’t even read the papers.

Oh? the young policeman said. He wondered why the sergeant wanted to tell him all this. Then he found out.

They are worried because a man has escaped from prison, and he's supposed to be around her house which is an isolated house in the woods.

TS