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    behind or back?

    If I say " Looking from behind, I didn't know it was you", does it sound alright? Or should I say " I only saw your back, so I didn't know it was you". which is right?

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    Re: behind or back?

    I'm not a teacher, but I find the second one clearer and simpler.

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    Re: behind or back?

    what about this:

    I did not see your face so I had no idea it was you

    to keep it simple

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    Re: behind or back?

    You could use your first sentence in this way:
    "Looking at him from behind, I didn't know who it was you"

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    Re: behind or back?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    You could use your first sentence in this way:
    "Looking at him from behind, I didn't know who it was you"
    "I didn't know who it was you"?

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    Re: behind or back?

    I would say that either of your responses would be correct. Depending upon how you stress your words, you could express various emotions to this response, eg. denial or surprise.

    David, I would drop the final you. It doesn't make sense, at least to this gringo

    I might say, "From (my vantage point, where I was, my location, ...), I couldn't tell who it was.".

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    Re: behind or back?

    Quote Originally Posted by marksandler View Post
    David, I would drop the final you. It doesn't make sense, at least to this gringo .
    Mark,

    Welcome to the forum!

    I'm confident David made a typo when he included the final 'you'.

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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    Re: behind or back?

    Thanks for the info... I thought so based upon Stuartnz post.

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    Re: behind or back?

    what about "looking from behind, I didn't know it was you." ?
    thanks

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    Re: behind or back?

    Or even

    "I didn't recognize you from [behind/the back]."

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