Wander Or Wonder?
These are two completely different words, but sometimes students confuse them because of their similar spelling and pronunciation.
Wander is a physical activity.
It means to move around (usually walking) without a specific destination or purpose:
On the first day of my trip, I spent a couple hours wandering around the city.
We wandered through the park, looking at the flowers.
Wonder is a mental activity.
It means to feel curiosity, to want to know something.
I wonder what happened to my friend from elementary school? We haven’t been in touch for years.
Your wife is wondering what time you’ll be home – please give her a call.
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Anonymous asks, "What is the difference between 'to wonder' and 'to wander'?"
The basic difference that you have to remember is that "wondering" is about thought processes, and "wandering" is about distance. But there are some caveats to that, so read on!
Let's consult the dictionary for the specifics. There are a few definitions for "wonder":
Wonder (verb): 1. to think or speculate curiously. 2. to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe; marvel (often followed by 'at'). 3. to doubt.
"What would anyone want with a blast-ended skrewt?" Harry wondered.
Ron wondered at Hermione's ability to carry all those books. She was wonderfully strong.
After yet another photo, Harry wonders if Colin Creevy will ever leave him alone.
So, there are a few nuances to "wondering", but all of them are thoughtful sorts of things. By contrast, "wander" is generally about physically going somewhere:
Wander (verb): 1. to ramble without a definite purpose or objective; roam, rove, or stray. 2. to go aimlessly, indirectly, or casually; meander.
Harry and Hermione spent months wandering the English countryside, searching for a solution to the Horcrux problem.
"Don't wander off," Harry warned the others, "you never know
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