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My first question:

Is sentence 2 a more formal expression while senteance 1 is an informal expression because the word about is dropped?

Could we say the sentence 1 has the same meaning as the sentence 2?

Sentence1.

I wonder how you'd feel watching the longest continuous play recorded.

Sentence2.

I wonder how you'd feel about watching the longest continuous play recorded.

My second question:

What is the difference between these four sentences which are a kind of mixture of how, what and about.

Sentence3.

I wonder what you'd feel watching the longest continuous play recorded.

Sentence4.

I wonder what you'd feel about watching the longest continuous play recorded.

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  • There is no difference in formality - changing you'd to you would would make the sentences more formal. May 5 at 8:10
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  1. I wonder HOW you'd feel watching the longest continuous play recorded.
  2. I wonder HOW you'd feel ABOUT watching the longest continuous play recorded.
  3. I wonder WHAT you'd feel watching the longest continuous play recorded.
  4. I wonder WHAT you'd feel ABOUT watching the longest continuous play recorded.

First, I think that in the sense intended, none of these sentences are questions. They therefore require a period at the end, not a question mark.

Secondly, we may all understand these sentences differently. But I would understand #1 to refer to my feelings while watching the recording, and #2 to refer to my feelings while deciding whether to watch. For example, if I knew that the film would embarrass me, I might be hesitant to watch at all. So if you stated sentence #1, I would respond: I would feel embarrassed. If you stated sentence #2, I would respond: I'm not eager to watch. I'm hesitant.

Next, the distinction between "how" in #2 and "what" in #3 is a difference of style. To me, #3 has a more stilted or clinical flavor, perhaps suggesting the studied language of a psychologist. I doubt I've ever actually said that I wonder what someone feels. I would always say that I wonder how someone feels.

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Sentences 1 and 3 ask what feelings the person would experience while actually watching the play. The two are essentially equivalent.

Sentence 2 asks whether they want to watch the play or not.

Sentence 4 is wrong, or at least unnatural. You may be mixing "how you'd feel" with "what you'd think."

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  • Is it natural when ABOUT is followed by NOUN? I read a sentece from dictionary. We'd like to know What you feel ABOUT abortion. May 4 at 22:59
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    @StatsCruncher Yes... you can generally trust example sentences from the dictionary :)
    – TypeIA
    May 5 at 5:31
  • Appropriate discussion is a critical approach of learning. Thank all of you for being here. :) May 5 at 11:53

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