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    wouldn't know

    Hello!

    I've been wondering if it is correct to say "you wouldn't know", meaning "you can't possibly know, so there's no really any point

    in answering your question". For example:

    - Where do you live?

    - You wouldn't know.

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    #2

    Re: wouldn't know

    It might be correct in the an appropriate context. In the example you give it doesn't work. Can you see why?

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    #3

    Re: wouldn't know

    "You wouldn't know" is a strange answer to that question. If the first person knew, he/she wouldn't have asked.

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    Re: wouldn't know

    You might say "you wouldn't know it." Just saying "you wouldn't know" sounds a bit more of a non sequitur.

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    #5

    Re: wouldn't know

    "You wouldn't know it" works because it basically means "I would tell you where I live but you wouldn't know/recognise the area".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: wouldn't know

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "You wouldn't know it" works because it basically means "I would tell you where I live but you wouldn't know/recognise the area".
    Could you explain the usage of "wouldn't" in your example?

    Could I use "don't" instead of "wouldn't"?

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    Re: wouldn't know

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It might be correct in the an appropriate context. In the example you give it doesn't work. Can you see why?
    I'm afraid I can't. Could you be more specific?

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