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    #1

    I want to know ________ he is always

    The answer for the blanks is 1, but doesn't 3 also work?

    *Michael always smiles at people. I want to know ________ he is always in a good mood.
    *Have you lost your watch? I'll tell you ________ I find it.
    1.if - if 2.that - if 3.how - when

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    #2

    Re: I want to know ________ he is always

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    The answer for the blanks is 1, but doesn't 3 also work?

    *Michael always smiles at people. I want to know ________ he is always in a good mood.
    *Have you lost your watch? I'll tell you ________ I find it.
    1.if - if 2.that - if 3.how - when
    Neither one works very well.

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    #3

    Re: I want to know ________ he is always

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    The answer for the blanks is 1, but doesn't 3 also work?

    *Michael always smiles at people. I want to know ________ he is always in a good mood.
    *Have you lost your watch? I'll tell you ________ I find it.
    1.if - if 2.that - if 3.how - when
    1 makes no sense for the first. It gives:

    Michael always smiles at people. I want to know if he is always in a good mood.

    Whilst not entirely ungrammatical, it doesn't make any sense. If someone always smiled at people, I would want to know why he was always in such a good mood. At a push, I would wonder how [it was possible] that he was always in a good mood.

    With the second sentence, "if" and "when" both fit.

    Of the three, #3 is the least wrong answer but I think it's a bad test question.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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