The question Did you know? is used when asking about past knowledge:
- Did you know Madonna was going to perform at the opening ceremony?
- No, I had no idea. It was a great surprise.
- Did you know that the man you met that night was Jude Law?
- No, not really. We had a great time, but I didn’t realize who he was.
Here are some other ways to ask about past knowledge:
- Were you aware what time it was when you called me? It was 3 a.m. in the morning!
- No, I’m sorry. I was working and lost track of time.
- Did you realize it was your boss who sent you those emails?
- Yes, I did. I recognized his style.
- Did you see why they didn’t want to invite you to the party?
- I think, I did. They must have thought I was still angry with Jack and didn’t want the two of us to argue.
Ever wondered? is short for Have you ever wondered? This expression is used when asking if someone ever spent time trying to find the answer to a question. For example:
- Ever wondered why we are here on Earth?
- Ever wondered where your ancestors came from?
- Have you ever wondered why the sun darkens our skin, but lightens our hair?
- Have you ever wondered if there are guardian angels?
The following expressions can also be used in similar questions:
- Have you ever asked yourself what the purpose of life is?
- Have you ever questioned the nature of reality?
- Have you ever pondered whether you would be good leader?
- Have you ever stopped to think about why you were born?
- Have you ever imagined what life would be like without feelings?
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