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    #1

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    Which are correct:

    1-They had hired a man they did not know he had a criminal record.
    2-They had hired a man about whom they did not know he had a criminal record.

    3-They had hired a man they did not know whether he had a criminal record or not.
    4-They had hired a man about whom they did not know whether he had a criminal record or not.

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    #2

    Re: who

    None of those.

    They hired a man who had a criminal record that they did not know about.
    They did not know the man they hired had a criminal record.
    The man they hired had a criminal record [that] they did not know about.
    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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    #3

    Re: who

    I agree with Barb.

    Also 'They hired a man they did not know had a criminal record'.

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    #4

    Re: who

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which are correct:

    1-They had hired a man they did not know he had a criminal record.
    2-They had hired a man about whom they did not know he had a criminal record.

    3-They had hired a man they did not know whether he had a criminal record or not.
    4-They had hired a man about whom they did not know whether he had a criminal record or not.
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    Hello.

    (1) I think that the following is also "good" English:

    They had hired a man who they did not know had a criminal record.

    (a) The sentence is:

    They had hired a man who had a criminal record.

    The words they did not know is just a comment that is "shoved" into the

    sentence.

    (2) Here is a similar sentence from one of my grammar books:

    Nathan invited only guys who he thought played for high stakes.

    If you delete he thought, you get:

    Nathan invited only guys who played for high stakes.

    THANK YOU

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    [QUOTE=navi tasan;633340]Which are correct:

    1-They had hired a man they did not know he had a criminal record.
    2-They had hired a man about whom they did not know he had a criminal record.

    3-They had hired a man they did not know whether he had a criminal record or not.
    4-They had hired a man about whom they did not know whether he had a criminal record or not.

    hi this is shabnam and the fourth one is right

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    I don't think any of them sound very natural. I would say:

    They hired a man whose criminal history was unknown to them.

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    #7

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    I see an important difference in ems's statement and the ones I suggested. Hers is much closer to your #4.

    If the did have a record, but they were unaware of it, then mine do say that. Mine all make it clear that there was a criminal record -- and that may not have been what you mean.

    If they simply don't know whether or not he had a record, then hers is the way to go.
    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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