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    Is this sentence correct?

    I come to know that you are intelligent.

    It just doesn't sound okay to me.

    Please help!

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    Thanks very much!

    I am in a middle of a war with my friend on this subject.

    Additional explanation to this would be very much appreciated. I have told her that this sentence is incorrect, but she keeps arguing.

    What about the sentence “He gets to know that she is intelligent”
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    (the above written by my friend and I am sure it is incorrect, but unable to explain)
    Thank you again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    Thanks very much!

    I am in a middle of a war with my friend on this subject.

    Additional explanation to this would be very much appreciated. I have told her that this sentence is incorrect, but she keeps arguing.

    What about the sentence “He gets to know that she is intelligent”
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    (the above written by my friend and I am sure it is incorrect, but unable to explain)
    Thank you again!
    You "get to know" a person, not a fact. "Getting to know" means gradually becoming more friendly with them. We don't use it to talk about "knowing" a fact.

    I got to know her well.
    I got to know her over a period of about 3 months.
    I came to understand that she had had a very bad childhood.
    I came to realise that she is very intelligent.

    So you wouldn't follow "get/got to know" with the word "that". It's invariably followed by a personal pronoun (objective).

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    Thank you for your resonse sir!

    Is this incorrect then?

    I got to know that he plays golf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    Thank you for your resonse sir!

    Is this incorrect then?

    I got to know that he plays golf.
    It's not wrong. But this whole "I got to know; I came to know" is not colloquial English.
    We don't use it
    to express this concept.
    For this, we use the phrasal verb "find out":
    "I found out that he plays golf."
    "I hope she doesn't find out".
    "I found out that you are intelligent."

    Sometimes, "discover" is used:
    "I discovered that he plays golf."
    "I've discovered that you are quite intelligent!"

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    Thank you for your reply sir!

    There are millions of questions arising in my mind now

    If you could help me with the usage of two simple present tense in a sentence along with the conjunction "that" in it, that would be great.

    Second, I think I am missing out on basics here.

    I don't know how to put my thoughts into writing here now. Confused

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    Thank you for your reply sir!

    There are millions of questions arising in my mind now

    If you could help me with the usage of two simple present tense in a sentence along with the conjunction "that" in it, that would be great.

    Second, I think I am missing out on basics here.

    I don't know how to put my thoughts into writing here now. Confused
    I see someone beat me to saying that we use "I discovered..." or "I found out..." in the context you're using.

    As far as your latest question is concerned, it might be a good idea if you start a completely new thread as you are totally changing the subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I see someone beat me to saying that we use "I discovered..." or "I found out..." in the context you're using.
    Sorry. I'll try to stop anticipating your replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Sorry. I'll try to stop anticipating your replies.
    Ha ha!! I'm enjoying the psychic aspect of the site!

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