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    that I don't know of

    1-Has he won a prize that I don't know of?

    2-Has he won the lottery that I don't know of?

    I think in the first one "that I don't know of" modifies "a prize" and not "his winning the prize". It does not really convey the meaning that it is supposed to convey.

    The sentences are supposed to mean respectively:

    a-Has he won a prize without me learning about it?
    b-Has he won the lottery without me learning about it?


    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: that I don't know of

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-Has he won a prize that I don't know of?

    2-Has he won the lottery that I don't know of?

    I think in the first one "that I don't know of" modifies "a prize" and not "his winning the prize". It does not really convey the meaning that it is supposed to convey.

    The sentences are supposed to mean respectively:

    a-Has he won a prize without me learning about it?
    b-Has he won the lottery without me learning about it?


    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    It would be much more natural to say "Has he won a prize?" "Has he won the lottery?" If you really want to, you could add "without my knowledge/without my knowing about it" to both.

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    Re: that I don't know of

    The second suggest he may have won a lottery and you are unaware of this lottery, which makes it a very odd question IMO.

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