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    For all I ever knew to the contrary

    Hello,

    Is there a good soul here to help me to understand the meaning of the phrase "For all I ever knew to the contrary"? In full text it is as follows:

    „For all I ever knew to the contrary, it was his own name; and something about him, name or man or both, always put me in mind, I can't tell you how, of negroes.“

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    Re: For all I ever knew to the contrary

    It's simply a roundabout way of saying "I always believed that..."
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: For all I ever knew to the contrary

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Johny:

    May I add a few comments to the excellent answer that you have already received?

    1. I believe that the words "to the contrary" are not absolutely necessary:

    a. For all I ever knew, Mona and James were happily married. (So I was shocked when they got a divorce.)
    b. For all I ever knew, the company was making tons of money. (So I was shocked when the company went out of business.)


    2. I know that you just copied that quotation. Those words are not yours. So you probably know that the last word in that quotation is now considered very offensive. If you ever come to the United States, NEVER say or write that word.



    James

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