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    Are we any closer to knowing who did that?

    Hello everybody!

    Are we any closer to knowing who did that?

    This is what I heard on TV this morning. To tell you the truth, only this part "Are we any closer to knowing?" was spoken by the TV announcer and the rest, namely, "who did that?" was made up by me.

    I would like to ask you about the meaning of "Are we any closer to knowing who did that?".

    Does it mean "Do we have any knowledge at all of who did it?" or "Do we know anything at all about who did it?"

    Thank you.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 09-Apr-2016 at 22:34. Reason: Removed formatting to reduce font size

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    Re: Are we any closer to knowing who did that?

    It means "Do we know any more about who did it now than we did before?"
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 09-Apr-2016 at 20:30. Reason: Fixed minor typo
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    Re: Are we any closer to knowing who did that?

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Hello everybody!

    Are we any closer to knowing who did that?

    This is what I heard on TV this morning. To tell you the truth, only this part "Are we any closer to knowing?" was spoken by the TV announcer and the rest, namely, "who did that?" was made up by me.

    I would like to ask you about the meaning of "Are we any closer to knowing who did that?".

    Does it mean "Do we have any knowledge at all of who did it?" or "Do we know anything at all about who did it?"

    Thank you.
    If you're seeking the identity of some person, then "who did that" is a kind of indirect question in the form of a subordinate clause. It can be glossed as 'Are we any closer to knowing the answer to the question "who did that"'?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 09-Apr-2016 at 22:34. Reason: Reduced font size in quote

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