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    I don't konw or I didn't know

    A You can't smoke here!

    B Sorry, __________


    A I didn't know. B I don't know.


    Which one is correct? Thank you!

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    Re: I don't konw or I didn't know

    A is correct. You did not know when you lit your cigarette that smoking was not allowed.

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    Re: I don't konw or I didn't know

    You're lucky this time, Mike. We normally expect students to make their own attempt first - giving a reason for their answer.

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    Re: I don't konw or I didn't know

    I'm having one of my rare 'Be kind to people' days.

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    Re: I don't konw or I didn't know

    The speaker didn't know previously but already knows at the time of speaking.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I don't konw or I didn't know

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    already knows at the time of speaking.
    I wouldn't use 'already' there. B did not know until A told them - one second before.

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    Re: I don't konw or I didn't know

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I'm having one of my rare 'Be kind to people' days.
    How often do they occur?

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    Re: I don't konw or I didn't know

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I wouldn't use 'already' there.
    It can be 'used to emphasize that a situation or problem exists'──quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...eady?q=already

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I'm having one of my rare 'Be kind to people' days.
    It sounds as if you are mean to people in other days.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I don't konw or I didn't know

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    It can be 'used to emphasize that a situation or problem exists'
    If you were using it in that way, the 'already' should have gone after the 'knows'

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    Re: I don't konw or I didn't know

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    How often do they occur?
    The last one was about five years ago. I think we are safe from another attack for some time now.

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