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    never know and never knew

    Hi all,

    May I know what is the difference between never know and never knew? which is gramatically correct ??

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    Re: never know and never knew

    Are you talking about the past, present, or future?

    Both are correct in the right situation.
    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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    Re: never know and never knew

    Can you please explain in every situation ( past, present and future) ? Which is the correct one to use in each situation?

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    Re: never know and never knew

    I would prefer that you write a few sentences in which you're not sure which one to use.

    Remember that "knew" is past.
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    Re: never know and never knew

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I would prefer that you write a few sentences in which you're not sure which one to use.

    Remember that "knew" is past.

    I never knew that you are a girl!
    I never know that you are a girl!

    I have never done that in front of a girl.
    I never do that in front of a girl.

    From the above 2 examples,which is the right one?

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    Re: never know and never knew

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    I never knew that you were a girl!
    Knew is in the past, so "are" is changed to "were". Why is it changed to "were"?
    unless you are saying that after the sex-change operations

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Good point about the sex- change thing. So...would you say, "I never knew that you are a girl?"
    Yes, that's the logical, the semantically correct, thing to say. Actually, in most contexts I would probably say 'I didn't know that you are a girl.'

    For example, you have an online 'friend' that for some reason you thought was male. Later you learned that she is female.

    Sorry, for the late response; initially I apparently didn't read your post carefully enough to realize that you asked me a question.

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