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Offline navi

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if you don't know
« on: July 13, 2018, 08:47:50 am »
Are these sentences correct:
1) Do not reply to this question if you don't know.

I think it has to be 'if you don't know the answer' or 'if you are not sure'.

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Navi

Offline Darryl

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Re: if you don't know
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2018, 11:58:37 am »
I depends what the question is.
Seems an odd statement though how could you reply to a question if you don't know?

Offline navi

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Re: if you don't know
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2018, 07:23:16 pm »
Thank you very much, Darryl,

I see your point. I just wanted to know if 'know' could be used that way.

Would you say these work:

2) I can't answer a question if I don't know.
3) I can't answer a question if I don't know the answer.
4) I won't answer a question if I am not sure.

My problem with '2' is that it doesn't seem clear what I am supposed to know.


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Offline Darryl

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Re: if you don't know
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2018, 09:27:49 am »
Yes, they work.
You don't really need 'the answer' in #2 as that is understood.