Unbeknown to the old man

Bassim

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I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct.

Unbeknown to the old man, his children had tried to sell his house and move him to a nursing home. When he discovered that, he became furious. He changed the lock on his front door and installed the alarm. He would rather die fighting them than move out.
 
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Be careful how you ask your question! All your sentences are grammatically correct as written.

1. In AmE, it would be 'unbeknownst'.
2. "... his children had tried..." Simple past is better here. All the rest is simple past.
3. He changed the lock... and installed an alarm.
 

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If you write he installed the alarm, you have to have mentioned an alarm in a previous sentence. Otherwise the reader wonders which specific alarm you're talking about.
 
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In BrE at least, it's usually "Unbeknownst to ...". It seems incredibly archaic but it's still in pretty regular use.
 

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In BrE at least, it's usually "Unbeknownst to ...". It seems incredibly archaic but it's still in pretty regular use.

Yes, it is very odd how it persists. But to my ear "unbeknownst" is far more common than "unbeknown." This in spite of the fact that you still use "whilst" while (��) we do not.
 
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