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    Even if I could not understand their language

    Please, would you take a look at my sentence and correct eventual mistakes.

    1. Even if I could not understand their language, nor knew anything about their background, I felt that they all had the same goal: they wanted to succeed in the new country and had great plans for the future.

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    Re: Even if I could not understand their language

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Please, would you take a look at my sentence and correct eventual any mistakes.

    1. Even if though I could not understand their language, nor knew anything about their background, I felt that they all had the same goal: they wanted to succeed in the new country and had great plans for the future.

    The 'nor knew anything' is intelligible, at least in British English. But it would be better if you said either 'and knew nothing' or 'and didn't know anything'.

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    Re: Even if I could not understand their language

    I think I would be inclined to use "know" ("could not understand [present tense] nor know.....")

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    Re: Even if I could not understand their language

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    If we have the present in the first part of the sentence, how that will fit with the second part of the sentence, which is in the past?

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    Re: Even if I could not understand their language

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
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    If we have the present in the first part of the sentence, how that will fit with the second part of the sentence, which is in the past?
    Well, let's just reverse the verbs. Would you say, "Even though I did not know anything about their background, nor understood their language, I felt etc."? I wouldn't. With the simple present negative you revert to the base form of the verb and in the second portion of the sentence the negative form is implied. So, I would state the (non-implied) full form of your exanple as, "Even though I could not understand their language, nor could I/did I know anything about their background, I felt etc."

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    Re: Even if I could not understand their language

    billmcd

    Thank you so much for your time and your explanations. I really appreciate your help.

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