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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 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)")
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).
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)".