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    Despite knowing the area well, I got lost
    Is it possible to give:
    Even though I know the area well I got lost
    or:
    Even though I had known the area well I got lostor:
    Even though I knew the area well I got lost
    ?
    Last edited by Belly T; 15-Apr-2007 at 13:12.

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    Re: despite

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    Despite knowing the area well, I got lost
    Is it possible to give:
    Even though I know the area well I got lost
    or:
    Even though I had known the area well I got lost or:
    Even though I know the area well I got lost (same as your first)
    ?
    The second one would be possible, in a context like this:

    I lived in Coimbra in the summer of 1973, but when I went back there last year - even though I had known the area well [once], I got lost [more recently, so the 'knowing' no longer applies].


    You could also use 'Although' in place of your 'Even though'.

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    Re: despite

    Sorry, the third is "knew" not "know"

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    Re: despite

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    Sorry, the third is "knew" not "know"
    That would be OK too: 'Even though I knew the area well, I got lost'. Rather than that, you could make it more emphatic by using wording like this:

    I knew the area well, but I still got lost
    or
    I knew the area well, but still I got lost

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    Re: despite

    But which is better between:" knew" and "had known"?

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    Re: despite

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    But which is better between:" knew" and "had known"?
    Neither is intrinsically "better". Each suits a different context.

    Once I knew; now I don't. => "Although I had known my way around, I got lost."

    I knew my way around, and I still do, but for some reason I got lost [maybe I was drunk]. => "Although I knew my way around, I got lost."

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