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    #1

    still remains unknown

    In my textbook there's a sentence like this:

    The cause of the accident still remains unknown to us.

    I wouldn't think the word 'still' is necessary here since 'remains' means 'is still'. Am I right? Thank you.


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    Re: still remains unknown

    Not quite.

    remain = to stay in the same place or in the same condition.

    You can still remain at the end of the term >> You can still stay in the same place at the end of the term >> you can continue to stay in the same place...

    The evidence still remains unclear >> The evidence is still in the same condition of not being clear.

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