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    knowledge

    1-He had knowledge of making illegal drugs.

    Does this mean:
    a-He knew how to make illegal drugs.
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    b-He knew that someone or some people were making illegal drugs.
    or:
    c-He knew that he had made illegal drugs.

    2-He has information of shooting the prisoners.

    Is 2 correct?
    What does it mean?

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    Re: knowledge

    1 Most likely a). It suggests experience-he knew how to make them because he had done it before.
    2 This doesn't work for me; I'd say He has information on the shooting of prisoners.

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    #3

    Re: knowledge

    Thanks Tdol.

    But would you rule outinterpretations 'b' and 'c' 100 percent in the case of 1?

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    Re: knowledge

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    But would you rule out interpretations 'b' and 'c' 100 percent in the case of 1?
    1-He had knowledge of making illegal drugs.
    This sentence is unclear and, while not 'wrong', does not sound very natural. Tdol has told you the most likely interpretation. Interpretations b and c are probably not inconceivable, but are very unlikely, in my opinion. You would be better using a or b or c (below), depending on what you meant,
    instead of your original sentence; then there would be no doubt.

    a-He knew how to make illegal drugs.
    b-He knew that someone or some people were making illegal drugs.
    c-He knew that he had made illegal drugs.
    Last edited by 5jj; 18-Jan-2011 at 21:56. Reason: clarification.

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    #5

    Re: knowledge

    I would say 1c is utterly impossible.

    I agree completely that the original is not natural and prone to ambiguity.
    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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