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    Default You must be knowing this

    I hear a lot of people before they provide any information which they assume that second person knows it, they say "you must be knowing this" is it correct? if not what sentence one should use in such situation.
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    Default Re: You must be knowing this

    It is not correct in British English. "You must know ..." is correct, but not, in my opinion, particularly common. I think I'd say, "As you probably know, ...."

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    Default Re: You must be knowing this

    Quote Originally Posted by oxford2011 View Post
    I hear a lot of people before they provide any information which they assume that second person knows it, they say "you must be knowing this" is it correct? if not what sentence one should use in such situation.
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    I work around a lot of Indian speakers and they tend to use this present progressive form when they should not. So when I hear this construction or read it I immediately think the person is Indian. :)

    It should be "you must know this" or other suggestions such as the ones from fivejedjon.

    Not a teacher -- AmE native

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    Default Re: You must be knowing this

    Quote Originally Posted by allenman View Post
    I work around a lot of Indian speakers and they tend to use this present progressive form when they should not. So when I hear this construction or read it I immediately think the person is Indian. :)

    It should be "you must know this" or other suggestions such as the ones from fivejedjon.

    Not a teacher -- AmE native
    Thnaks a lot !!!

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    Default Re: You must be knowing this

    What about he must be knowing this. Want to make sure.
    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: You must be knowing this

    What is it you want to be sure of? That it's wrong too? It is.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: You must be knowing this

    I wanted to know whether the following sentence is correct:
    "He must be knowing this"

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    Default Re: You must be knowing this

    Quote Originally Posted by oxford2011 View Post
    I wanted to know whether the following sentence is correct:
    "He must be knowing this"
    It is incorrect, as are;

    I must be knowing this.
    We must be knowing this.
    tTey must be knowing this.
    Tom, Dick and Harry must be knowing this.
    Last edited by 5jj; 15-Jul-2011 at 07:39. Reason: minor typo

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    Default Re: You must be knowing this

    Thanks you cleared all the doubts.

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