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    Question "I knew you like her"

    hi there, I have a question about sentence structure. "*I knew you like her" (I've been told this sentence is grammatically wrong) and "did you know that Jill's in hospital again?" have exactly the same structure: KNOW IN PAST FORM PLUS OBJECT. But why is the second acceptable and the first not?

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    Exclamation Re: "I knew you like her"

    Quote Originally Posted by guzhao67 View Post
    hi there, I have a question about sentence structure. "*I knew you like her" (I've been told this sentence is grammatically wrong) and "did you know that Jill's in hospital again?" have exactly the same structure: KNOW IN PAST FORM PLUS OBJECT. But why is the second acceptable and the first not?
    I do not find any grammatical error. If some one told this to be wrong, he should tell why and what is correct.

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    Re: "I knew you like her"

    I knew (then) that you liked her (then).
    I know (now) that you like her (now).

    Did you know = idiomatically the same as "Are you aware (now)" (as well as having the meaning of "Were you aware (then)")

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    Exclamation Re: "I knew you like her"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I knew (then) that you liked her (then).
    I know (now) that you like her (now).

    Did you know = idiomatically the same as "Are you aware (now)" (as well as having the meaning of "Were you aware (then)")
    What is wrong, if I interprete the sentence like this: I knew you as much as I knew her.
    The clause "as much as I knew " is replaced by "like" serving as preposition.

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    Re: "I knew you like her"

    Quote Originally Posted by guzhao67 View Post
    hi there, I have a question about sentence structure. "*I knew you like her" (I've been told this sentence is grammatically wrong) and "did you know that Jill's in hospital again?" have exactly the same structure: KNOW IN PAST FORM PLUS OBJECT. But why is the second acceptable and the first not?
    Your two sentences don't have the same structure. For a start, one is a statement, the second is a question.

    1. "I knew you like her" is wrong. If you're taking to Tom, and you know that Tom likes Sarah, you might say:
    You: I know you like Sarah.
    Tom: Yes I do.
    You: I knew you liked her. (even though the liking occurs in the present).

    2.
    A: "Do you know Jill is in hospital again?" OR "Did you know Jill was in hospital again?"
    B: "Yes I know she is in hospital again." OR
    "Yes I knew she was in hospital again". (even though she's still in hospital).

    You also say:
    "I know that New York is in America."
    "I knew that New York was in America". (Even though it still is)".

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    Re: "I knew you like her"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Your two sentences don't have the same structure. For a start, one is a statement, the second is a question.

    1. "I knew you like her" is wrong. If you're taking to Tom, and you know that Tom likes Sarah, you might say:
    You: I know you like Sarah.
    Tom: Yes I do.
    You: I knew you liked her. (even though the liking occurs in the present).

    2.
    A: "Do you know Jill is in hospital again?" OR "Did you know Jill was in hospital again?"
    B: "Yes I know she is in hospital again." OR
    "Yes I knew she was in hospital again". (even though she's still in hospital).

    You also say:
    "I know that New York is in America."
    "I knew that New York was in America". (Even though it still is)".

    Quote Originally Posted by Manas Ranjan Mallick View Post
    What is wrong, if I interprete the sentence like this: I knew you as much as I knew her.
    The clause "as much as I knew " is replaced by "like" serving as preposition.
    Talk about moving the goalposts! I don't see what connection this has with the discussion. If you want to start a new thread, do.

    b

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