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Koh Elaine
Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2015 11:03:03 AM
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Even if you hide the marmalade in the remotest corner of the house, you can be sure that Carlotta will nose it out, devour it, and hide the evidence before you know what hit/hits you.

Which word in bold should I use?

Thanks.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2015 1:02:28 AM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
Even if you hide the marmalade in the remotest corner of the house, you can be sure that Carlotta will nose it out, devour it, and hide the evidence before you know what hit/hits you.

Which word in bold should I use? And can you explain why, please?

Thanks.
IMcRout
Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2015 5:44:41 AM

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Apparently all that hiding, nosing out and devouring happened before you realize it, so I would suggest the simple past or present perfect ('what's hit you').

I have, however, trouble in connecting a mother's / father's realisation of those devious acts of nosing out and devouring marmalade, as well as the subsequent attempt to hide the evidence, with something that 'hit(s) you'.

--> ... before you even know what(')s happened.

Edit: Oh, and this is in the LEGAL-thread because of the heinous crime? Whistle

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MelissaMe
Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2016 6:15:37 PM

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IMcRout wrote:
Apparently all that hiding, nosing out and devouring happened before you realize it, so I would suggest the simple past or present perfect ('what's hit you').

I have, however, trouble in connecting a mother's / father's realisation of those devious acts of nosing out and devouring marmalade, as well as the subsequent attempt to hide the evidence, with something that 'hit(s) you'.

--> ... before you even know what(')s happened.

Edit: Oh, and this is in the LEGAL-thread because of the heinous crime? Whistle


It sounds like a prima facie case of illicit marmalade consumption to me! Whistle

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2016 9:01:38 PM

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Hello Elaine.

Sorry, I did not see this thread before.

Besides all the jokes, there are reasons for each of your suggestions - also for "before you know what's hit you".

By far the most common is "before you know what hit you".
"Before you know what's hit you" was popular in the few years around 1990, but "before you know what hits you" is very rare.

Here are graphs showing the comparative usages. (Click on 'search lots of books').

Marmalade addiction is not a crime, but it does lead to crimes if not handled. Whistle


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