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Reply to "he didn't know"

Hi, Navi,

I agree with Jack that (a) is the correct interpretation, and this is because (1) contains a "that"-content clause embedded in a relative clause. Notice how these sentences are equivalent:

- He didn't know THAT the things he said were untrue = He said things he didn't know were untrue.

For interpretation (b) to be possible, these should be an "if"- or "whether"- clause, and, unlike "that," these conjunctions cannot be tacit if that is the meaning that needs to be conveyed:

- He didn't know IF the things he said were untrue = He said things he didn't know if they were untrue (grammatically dubious)

Do you agree, David, that "if"-content clauses don't work as well as "that"-clauses if embedded in a relative clause?

Last edited by Gustavo, Co-Moderator
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