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    jiaruchan is offline Member
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    Default BrE : know somebody (to) do

    I have never known him behave other than selfishly.
    I asked a question days ago about whether it should be 'know somebody to behave' and an American respondent said 'to' is necessary in American English.

    Can I ask whether in British English, 'to' is optional.


    Someone posted on a Chinese site that there is a sentence in OXford Dictionary to indicate 'to' is not a must: I've never known it (to) snow in July before.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: BrE : know somebody (to) do

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    I have never known him behave other than selfishly.
    I asked a question days ago about whether it should be 'know somebody to behave' and an American respondent said 'to' is necessary in American English.

    Can I ask whether in British English, 'to' is optional.


    Someone posted on a Chinese site that there is a sentence in OXford Dictionary to indicate 'to' is not a must: I've never known it (to) snow in July before.

    Thank you.
    I have never known him behave other than selfishly.
    In BrE this is perfectly correct.

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