I was doing some grammar exercises on a book and this sentence confuses me.

Do you think Philip would be good at the job?

Hmm, I wonder.

What does the word wonder mean in this sentence? How can I interpret this sentence? Can I replace "I wonder" with "I doubt it"?

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If someone says that they "wonder" after a question is asked, it means they are wondering about the answer to the question.

Do you think Philip would be good at the job?

Hmm, I wonder if he would be good.

It doesn't necessarily mean that they doubt that we will be good, it just means they don't know the answer to the question but they have some interest in it.

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