don't know or wouldn't have known

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jasonlulu_2000

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Thank you very much indeed. If it had not been for your advice, I really ______ what I should have done.
A. don't know B. wouldn't have known

The answer given is A, but I think B is more suitable.

Am I right?

What is a native's opinion?

Thanks!

Jason
 

philo2009

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Although somewhat less natural/probable in context, (B) is certainly grammatically possible and meaningful, so this is clearly a very poor examination question.
 

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They're both possible. As philo said, it's another example of a bad test question.
 

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I agree with philo and ems, but feel that if the meaning of B had been intended, a speaker in real life (rather than in bad test questions) would have been more likely to say, "... I wouldn't have known what to do".
 
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