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loveydovey

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

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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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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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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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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 :cool:

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

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

Mark,

Welcome to the forum!

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

Cheers,
Amigo
 

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

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

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Hey guys,

I would reverse it and say:

"I didn't know it was you because I was looking at you from behind."

Good question!

Ryan
 

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hi,

could I say "I didn't know it was you from behind" ?

thanks.
 
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