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    Default Knew / Know

    Are these correct? What do they mean?

    1. I ripped the envelopes so I knew there is nothing inside. (If this is okay, why? It sounds odd with 'knew' here?)
    2. I ripped the envelopes so I know there is nothing insdie . (The tenses don't match and it's okay?)

    3. I ripped the envelopes to let me know that there is nothing insdie.
    4. I ripped the envelopes to let me knew that there is nothing insdie. (Is 'let me knew' incorrect? If so, why?)

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    Last edited by jack; 25-Feb-2005 at 03:46.

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    Default Re: Knew / Know

    1. . . . I knew (at the time) there was nothing inside.
    2. . . . I know (for a fact) there was nothing inside .

    The others are ungrammatical with "to let me know". Someone lets you know; you don't let yourself know.

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    2. . . . I know (for a fact) there was nothing inside .
    1. I ripped the envelopes so I know there is nothing inside. (I cannot use 'is' here? Why?)

    2. I ripped the envelopes to let him knew that there is nothing insdie. (Is this okay now?)

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    1. I ripped the envelopes so I know there is nothing inside. (I cannot use 'is' here? Why?)
    I'd go with the past tense "was" because you are describing a fact in the past. Using "know" means a your constant perception of a fact,whereas "knew" is simply used to coincide with overall "past-tense" in the sentence.

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    I ripped the envelopes so I knew there was nothing inside.

    I'd think using "is" there in your example is not so wrong if you want to emphasize a fact that there is nothing inside.

    Cassy, what do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    I'd think using "is" there in your example is not so wrong if you want to emphasize a fact that there is nothing inside.

    Cassy, what do you think?
    Agreed.

    I ripped it open, and there wasn't anything inside, so if you don't believe me, and want to look for yourself, you can, but I know for a fact there's nothing inside.

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    YAY!

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