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  1. mylevt's Avatar
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    #1

    What he says

    Hi,
    Is it correct to say:
    "What he says is unknown to me"
    Thanks.


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    #2

    Re: What he says

    Without context, it is a grammatical sentence. Can you give us context?

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    #3

    Re: What he says

    My teachers asked me to change (1) to (2) beginning with "What he says". I have done but I don't know if it is correct.
    1. I don't know what he says.
    2. What he says.......
    --> What he says is unknown to me.
    Thank you, Anglika.

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    #4

    Re: What he says

    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    My teachers asked me to change (1) to (2) beginning with "What he says". I have done but I don't know if it is correct.
    1. I don't know what he says.
    2. What he says.......
    --> What he says is unknown to me.
    Thank you, Anglika.
    The normal way to say this is "I don't know what he says" (or said).
    There's nothing wrong with "What he says in unknown to me". It means the same thing. But I have no idea why he'd change a common phrase into what sounds like a poetic or literary phrase.

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    #5

    Re: What he says

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    But I have no idea why he'd change a common phrase into what sounds like a poetic or literary phrase.

    If the teacher wants to test mylevt’s ability to change the active voice to the passive voice, don't you think that ... "What he says is not known by me" should be considered?!!!

    Just inquiring.

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    #6

    Re: What he says

    Thank you, Disaster Master, for this question and I look forward to our teachers' replies too.

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    #7

    Re: What he says

    Quote Originally Posted by Disaster Master View Post
    If the teacher wants to test mylevt’s ability to change the active voice to the passive voice, don't you think that ... "What he says is not known by me" should be considered?!!!

    Just inquiring.
    Yes, I do. But in that case I would have expected mylevt to say that that was the reason. Perhaps "I have no idea" was an injudicious choice of words. I meant "I don't know". It's always possible to guess.

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