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    #1

    I wouldn't answer.

    1) I asked them what they knew about the robbery, but they wouldn't answer (I insisted, but they refused to answer).
    2) They asked me what I knew about the robbery, but I wouldn't answer (They insisted, but I refused to answer).

    I've come up with the sentences above. I know that sentence 1 is OK, but I'm not sure about sentence 2. The scenario is the same, but sometimes there are rules, so I thought I'd ask.

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    #2

    Re: I wouldn't answer.

    The second one is the same as the first one, only in reverse.
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    #3

    Re: I wouldn't answer.

    The subjects are different. I want to know if the subject can be "I" in this kind of sentence. As I see, it's possible.

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    #4

    Re: I wouldn't answer.

    It's not very often that we use wouldn't in this sense of refusal with the subject I, but it is possible, yes.

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    #5

    Re: I wouldn't answer.

    Would you use it in the scenario I posted? If not, how would you rephrase it?

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    #6

    Re: I wouldn't answer.

    There are numerous possibilities.

    I asked them what they knew about the robbery, but they wouldn't tell me anything.

    I asked them what they knew about the robbery, but they refused to answer my questions.

    I asked them what they knew about the robbery, but they said they didn't know anything.

    I asked them what they knew about the robbery, but they said they said they didn't know anything about any robbery.

    I asked them what they knew about the robbery, but they wouldn't talk to me.

    Is that enough?
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    #7

    Re: I wouldn't answer.

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Would you use it in the scenario I posted?
    Yes, absolutely.

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    #8

    Re: I wouldn't answer.

    Tarhell, all your examples refer to sentence 1, which I knew was right (as I said). My problem was with sentence 2.

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    #9

    Re: I wouldn't answer.

    There is nothing wrong with sentence two. The only difference is that the subject and object are reversed. It's pretty much the same as sentence one. There is no problem.
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