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    I am considering the following starting for a sentence and I would like a native to tell whether it is correct and natural in English or not: "Knowing of the many problems.....". Thanks.

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    It may be. We need the whole sentence to tell you if it works for your context.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    It is just the starting of a sentence: Knowing the many problems of the agricultural sector, it would be a great idea to..........".

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    By the way, "knowing" without the preposition "of".

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    It ends up being a misplaced modifier.
    Who knows this? That person needs to follow immediately after the "Knowing..." part but you have "it" there.

    That is why we need full sentences.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It ends up being a misplaced modifier. Who knows this? That person needs to follow immediately after the "Knowing..." part but you have "it" there. That is why we need full sentences.
    "We" know, and it is a way to start a sentence. We know the many problems of the agricultural sector, so it would be a great idea to (take a decision, do this or that, etc.). Is it correct and natural English or not?

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    I have found this example in Internet: "Knowing the many great journalists struggle with addiction, it always was so important to me that Carr was all of himself to the world." (In this case the subject was "I", but it is the same usage, I guess).

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbertBel View Post
    It is just the starting of a sentence: Knowing the many problems of the agricultural sector, it would be a great idea to..........".
    How about replacing knowing with with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    How about replacing knowing with with?
    No, because the issue is whether the expression is both correct and natural in English or not. In other languages it would be correct, but I am not an English native. On the other hand, "knowing" refers to a reality or situation, our knowledge of something as a circumstance to act in some way or take a decision. Sometimes the "knowing" describes a popular or general knowledge about something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbertBel View Post
    "Knowing the many great journalists struggle with addiction, it always was so important to me that Carr was all of himself to the world." .
    I took this sentence from twitter (https://twitter.com/chrisgeidner/sta...00432440029184). Is it correct and normal English?

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