Retired English Teacher
When we experience things we don't know/haven't known/didn't know, we may be able to broaden our minds.
I have been following the thread with interest, unable to decide which I find the most natural. I have finally realised that I find none of them natural. It's not the tense, but the combination of not-knowing and then experiencing 'things'; it just doesn't work for me.
I think we can experience things we haven't met/encountered/experienced, etc before, and we can possibly experience the unknown (though there is only one citation in COCA, while there are thousands of other words that are experienced). However, I don't think we can know (or not know) things we can experience.
This is just a personal feeling.
Right. If you are in the process of experiencing something, it can possibly be that you are not yet familiar with it. That's understandable.
Hmm...as far as I can see here in the discussion, it doesn't seem that the combination of 'experience things' and 'things we don't/didn't know' sounds clearly wrong to everybody.
But after a while, to some it might begin to seem wrong. I see. Interesting.
Last edited by Taka; 14-Feb-2012 at 00:59.
Also, maybe it’s possible to broaden our minds by experiencing something for the first time that we have known about before – eg. love, sex, integral calculus?