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    a grammar question

    hi! teachers.

    that the incredible, magical experience would change my life forever.

    (a) I knew little
    (b) I little did know
    (c) Little I knew
    (d) Little did I know

    The answer is said to be (d), but I wonder if (a) and (b) are also possible or not.

    thanks for your explanations.

    Regard.

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    Re: a grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by Grinkl View Post
    hi! teachers.

    that the incredible, magical experience would change my life forever.

    (a) I knew little
    (b) I little did know
    (c) Little I knew
    (d) Little did I know

    The answer is said to be (d), but I wonder if (a) and (b) are also possible or not.

    thanks for your explanations.

    Regard.
    (d) is certainly the best, (a) and (c) also work ok, (b) is a bit "clunky".


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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    (d) is certainly the best, (a) and (c) also work ok, (b) is a bit "clunky".
    thank you so much^^

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    Re: a grammar question

    "Little I knew"? That sounds VERY odd to me. Do you really think that works?

    {not a teacher}

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    Re: a grammar question

    Being only a Spanish student, I didn't dare to say it, but since you mention it...

    I would have chosen "little did I know", but only as a collocation.

    But again, this is the kind of things that can be only discussed by natives.

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    Re: a grammar question

    I little knew that...
    Little did I know that...

    Those are the only two that would work for me, and only one of those was a choice on the exam.

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    Re: a grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by Grinkl View Post
    hi! teachers.

    that the incredible, magical experience would change my life forever.

    (a) I knew little right
    (b) I little did know not right
    (c) Little I knew right
    (d) Little did I know not right

    The answer is said to be (d), but I wonder if (a) and (b) are also possible or not.

    thanks for your explanations.

    Regard.
    s

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    Re: a grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by jirikoo View Post
    s


    (a) I knew little right
    (b) I little did know not right
    (c) Little I knew right
    (d) Little did I know not right
    Little do you know how mistaken you are.

    In formal English, it is quite common to use inversion after negative adverbial expressions and restrictive words such as only, never, hardly and little.

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    Re: a grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    Little do you know how mistaken you are.

    In formal English, it is quite common to use inversion after negative adverbial expressions and restrictive words such as only, never, hardly and little.
    you are right, it was taken out of context so i didnt realize at first

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    Re: a grammar question

    __________ that the incredible, magical experience would change my life forever.

    (a) I knew little
    => the meaning is similar to (c), and different from (d)

    (b) I little did know
    => 'little' modifies a verb here, which is why is doesn't work.

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