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    knowing my children have cellphones?

    Hi,

    I'd like to know which sentence is correct:

    1. As a parent, I feel better knowing my children have cellphones with them.
    2. As a parent, I feel better knowing my children to have cellphones with them.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: knowing my children have cellphones?

    Quote Originally Posted by shabushabu View Post
    Hi,

    I'd like to know which sentence is correct:

    1. As a parent, I feel better knowing my children have cellphones with them.
    2. As a parent, I feel better knowing my children to have cellphones with them.


    Many thanks.
    Does it help you to know that in sentence #1 the word "that" has been omitted between "knowing" and "my"? It's a perfectly acceptable omission.

    Note, however, that "Knowing my children to have cellphones with them, I felt better" is fine. It could also be worded "Knowing [that] my children had [their] cellphones with them, I felt better".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 25-Sep-2013 at 16:36.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: knowing my children have cellphones?

    That 'thinking/knowing... something to <some-verb>' used to be quite popular - presumably by analogy with the Latin 'prolate infinitive' (17th-20th century English grammarians often looked to Latin for models). In everyday informal speech it's more-or-less restricted to 'be': 'I know him to be a collaborator' - even in that case 'I know [that] he is...' is much more likely.

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