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    dawn on

    The truth finally dawned on her
    what dawned on means in this sentence
    does it means to realize

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    Re: dawn on

    Quote Originally Posted by **C@RL$$** View Post
    The truth finally dawned on her
    what dawned on means in this sentence
    does it means to realize
    Yes.

    The truth finally dawned on her.
    She finally realized/understood the truth.

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    Re: dawn on

    Yes - but it usually means to realize gradually, and often after a long time; think of the gradually growing light at daybreak (at least, it was gradually growing in the part of the world where the image was first used, and before light pollution interfered with the effect .) (Actually, 'realize' puts it the wrong way round: if A dawns on B, B realizes A.)

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    Re: dawn on

    at first i didnt believe her but finallly i realize that she was telling the true or truth
    how can i fit dawn on in this sentence
    thanks

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    Re: dawn on

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    at first i didnt believe her but finallly i realize that she was telling the true or truth
    how can i fit dawn on in this sentence
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    At first I didn't believe her, but it finallly dawned on me that she was telling the truth.

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    Re: dawn on

    Quote Originally Posted by **C@RL$$** View Post
    at first i didnt believe her but finallly i realize that she was telling the true or truth
    how can i fit dawn on in this sentence
    thanks
    There are two ways. Mike told you by far the better one, in that case - to use an impersonal construction - 'it dawned on me that ... '. The other way is to create a noun out of the subordinate clause: 'finally the fact that she was telling the truth dawned on me'.

    You might find this useful in other contexts. But for this one, stick to Mike's.

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    Re: dawn on

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    There are two ways. Mike told you by far the better one, in that case - to use an impersonal construction - 'it dawned on me that ... '. The other way is to create a noun out of the subordinate clause: 'finally the fact that she was telling the truth dawned on me'.

    You might find this useful in other contexts. But for this one, stick to Mike's.

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    That's a good point. I try to avoid "the fact that" whenever possible. I think it is overused.

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