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  1. B45
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    Thank goodness I know how to swim. It would've been so much harder for me, you know?

    Thank goodness I know how to swim. It would've been so much harder for me, you know? Like, I'm talking about when I was learning how to surf.

    Can this be said during conversation? Is it grammatical?

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    Re: Thank goodness I know how to swim. It would've been so much harder for me, you k

    Except for the word "like" it is grammatical. But it is not elegant.

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    Re: Thank goodness I know how to swim. It would've been so much harder for me, you k

    "Thank goodness I already knew how to swim when I was learning how to surf. Otherwise it would have been much harder for me, [you know?]"
    Your sentences are OK. Plenty of people speak much worse than that. But strictly it's illogical - saying "you know" when you still haven't given enough information for the person to know anything. Also, "Like" is not needed; it's best not to pick up bad habits while you're learning.

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    Re: Thank goodness I know how to swim. It would've been so much harder for me, you k

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Thank goodness I already knew how to swim when I was learning how to surf. Otherwise it would have been much harder for me, [you know?]"
    Your sentences are OK. Plenty of people speak much worse than that. But strictly it's illogical - saying "you know" when you still haven't given enough information for the person to know anything. Also, "Like" is not needed; it's best not to pick up bad habits while you're learning.
    What about:

    It would've been so much harder to learn how to surf if I hadn't known how to swim.

    VS

    It would've been so much harder to learn how to surf if I didn't know how to swim.

    Are both useable?

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    Re: Thank goodness I know how to swim. It would've been so much harder for me, you k

    Yes, I wold use either.

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    Re: Thank goodness I know how to swim. It would've been so much harder for me, you k

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    It would've been so much harder to learn how to surf if I hadn't already known how to swim.
    It would've been so much harder to learn how to surf if I didn't already know how to swim.
    The preferred wording for a third conditional (which your sentences are a type of) is the first. It is correct everywhere.
    If you have to use the second, put 'already' in it too.

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    Re: Thank goodness I know how to swim. It would've been so much harder for me, you k

    "Already" is good, but not necessary. The context takes care of that.

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