Posted by JCk on October 21, 2004
In Reply to: Re: It ever was.. posted by TheFallen 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."