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    notice (when you taste something but you don't notice what it is)

    Some kind of vegetable was in my sandwich. I didn't notice what it was.

    Is notice wrong here? Any better verb in place of "notice"?
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    Re: notice (when you taste something but you don't notice what it is)

    First, you should say: I didn't notice what it was.

    Second, you noticed (were aware) that a vegetable was in your sandwich, but you didn't recognise what it was.

    Recognise suggests that you tried to identify the vegetable but were unable to, whereas didn't notice suggests that you didn't care and that the type of vegetable was unimportant to your story.

    If you tried really hard to find out what sort of vegetable it was, you could use the word identify: ... I couldn't identify it.

    Uncle M (not a teacher)

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    Re: notice (when you taste something but you don't notice what it is)

    I am not a teacher.

    You can say, "I couldn't tell what it was." That's probably the plainest way of putting that.

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    Re: notice (when you taste something but you don't notice what it is)

    Thank you both! I had forgotten "recognize". "Tell" is very suitable here. about "what it was" you are absolutely right.

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