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    navi tasan is offline Key Member
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    Are these sentences correct:
    1-He is a writer about whom I don't know how many books he has written.
    2-He is a writer who has written I know not how many books.
    3-He is a writer who has written I don't know how many books.

    4-He was the writer that I didn't know had signed the petition.
    5-He was the writer about whom I didn't know that he had signed the petition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Are these sentences correct:
    1-He is a writer about whom I don't know how many books he has written.
    2-He is a writer who has written I know not how many books.
    3-He is a writer who has written I don't know how many books.

    4-He was the writer that I didn't know had signed the petition.
    5-He was the writer about whom I didn't know that he had signed the petition.
    I'd say number 1 is incorrect- 'about doesn't go with know when it's a figure.

    Number 5 is tarred with the same brush, IMO. I'm not as sure that I could call it incorrect, but I would advise against it.

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