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    don't know or wouldn't have known

    Thank you very much indeed. If it had not been for your advice, I really ______ what I should have done.
    A. don't know B. wouldn't have known

    The answer given is A, but I think B is more suitable.

    Am I right?

    What is a native's opinion?

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    Jason

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    #2

    Re: don't know or wouldn't have known

    Although somewhat less natural/probable in context, (B) is certainly grammatically possible and meaningful, so this is clearly a very poor examination question.

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    #3

    Re: don't know or wouldn't have known

    They're both possible. As philo said, it's another example of a bad test question.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: don't know or wouldn't have known

    I agree with philo and ems, but feel that if the meaning of B had been intended, a speaker in real life (rather than in bad test questions) would have been more likely to say, "... I wouldn't have known what to do".

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