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    #1

    "She said something which I don't understand".

    "She said something which I don't understand". Listener can easily understand this as using "I don't" makes it obvious that the speaker didn't know it before too.
    But here tenses don't agree as "said" and "don't" are different tenses.

    "She said something which I didn't understand. I still don't". Here adding "I still don't" gives unnecessary importance to that fact and makes it verbose.

    So, how do I structure the sentence without slipping on grammar and also mentioning that I still don't understand ?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: "She said something which I don't understand".

    Your original sentence is fine. The natural inference is that the speaker did not understand it at the time it was said. There is no need to state this explicitly.

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    #3

    Re: "She said something which I don't understand".

    But, that's not acceptable in writing. Right?

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    Re: "She said something which I don't understand".

    So, how do I do it in written communication? Also please suggest me alternatives.

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    #5

    Re: "She said something which I don't understand".

    It's OK in writing.

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    #6

    Re: "She said something which I don't understand".

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    But[no comma here] that's not acceptable in writing. Right?
    Who told you that?

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    #7

    Re: "She said something which I don't understand".

    Is it correct to use "I didn't"?

    If it is correct, then is there any difference between using "I don't" and "I didn't"?

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    #8

    Re: "She said something which I don't understand".

    Yes. If you say didn't, you are restricting the time period of your reaction to the past time of her saying something; it allows the possibility that you now understand it. That possibility is excluded if you use don't.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 09-Sep-2016 at 22:20. Reason: Fixed typo

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    #9

    Re: "She said something which I don't understand".

    Comma is optional, right? I used it to give a pause. Is it wrong?

    Please tell me why do you consider it incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: "She said something which I don't understand".

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    But that's not acceptable in writing. Right?

    It's common to use a comma before "but"; it's not at all common to use a comma after "but".

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