Too often I encounter the following kind of sentence: â€œIâ€™m wondering if people could improve their grammar?â€
One of my pet peeves is when people put question marks at the end of sentences beginning with â€œI wonder ifâ€. Iâ€™m always left wondering if the person is wondering about whether theyâ€™re wondering. (Of course, chances are they are not, but why the question mark then?) This is an incredibly common mistake for reasons not clear to me.
To clarify: starting a sentence with â€œI wonder ifâ€ usually results in a statement and statements donâ€™t come with question marks. If you want to make it a question, you can say â€œI wonder: how does one end this sentence?â€ or â€œI wonder, should there be a question mark at the end of this sentence?â€, but â€œI wonder if there should be a question mark at the end of this sentence.â€ should not end with a question mark, unless you are asking whether it is something youâ€™re wondering about (but frankly, most people wonâ€™t be able to help you answer that).