Reply to "unaware or unknowing"

ruifeng posted:

1. Unaware of recent political developments, he was taken by surprise upon his arrival in the capital.

2. Unknowing of recent political developments, he was taken by surprise upon his arrival in the capital.

I think the first one is correct, but what about the second one?

Hi, Ruifeng,

Yes, (1) is correct. Sentence (2) is odd. Most people would say this instead:

(2a) Not knowing of recent political developments, he was taken by surprise.

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