Posted by TheFallen on October 19, 2004
In Reply to: It ever was.. posted by Word Camel on October 19, 2004
: : The matter has ceased to be a mystery to any one. Indeed, I wonder that it ever was a mystery.
: : How to say "it ever was a mystery" in the simplest and clearest way?
: : In this sentence : "I" think it used to be a mystery. Or "I" think it never was a mystery? ... Thank you.
: The original sentence is perfectly clear. In the second instance, the second example, 'I think it never was a mystery', seems better to me.
The original sentence is indeed clear - though it's crucially important to understand that the verb "to wonder" here is being used in its sense of "to be surprised", rather than "to think".
So to translate... "The matter has ceased to be a mystery. Indeed I'm surprised that it ever was."