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yummyspringroll
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 5:00:49 AM

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What I want to express: I didn't really know myself in the past. Even now I'm not sure if I know myself better.
The suggestion I want to give (without saying anything about the future): I don't know about the future but I doubt that I will ever really know myself.

What should I say?(that would best sum the above)
a. I never really know myself.
b. I never really knew myself.
c. I have never really known myself.
d. (any better idea?)

thank you~ ♥

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FounDit
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 11:10:24 AM

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Answer C fits best in my opinion.

c. I have never really known myself.

This conveys the idea of something that began in the past and continued up to the present.

I have to say, however, it seems an odd thing for someone to say. Since each person is a collection of experiences and responses to those experiences, how can one not know who he/she is?...Think


A great many people will think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James ~
Romany
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 12:33:01 PM
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Not to worry Yummyspringroll - you sound reassuringly like most of my students!

Foundit had to go off and fight in a war though, at a time when most people are sitting around having D & Ms. Or at least, any D & Ms he would have had would have been about actual life & death situations!

(A "D & M" is a Deep & Meaningful conversation.)
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 8:37:52 PM

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I agree with NKM about the sentence ("c" sounds better than "a" and "b").

I'm glad you defined "D & Ms" there Romany - I was totally in mystery as to what you were talking about till I got to the last line.
I was thinking little chocolates or holidays or research (M&Ms, R&R, R&D).
Never hears of D & Ms before.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Romany
Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 4:35:08 AM
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Ah Drago, what a sheltered life you live in your Scottish hide-away:-Whistle Whistle

Anyway, your consternation gave me a giggle, so thanks for that!



coag
Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 9:29:53 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
I agree with NKM about the sentence ("c" sounds better than "a" and "b").

I agree with NKM but I don't agree with thar. (So far in this thread)
Romany
Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 11:11:39 AM
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Ok, ok - what's going on?

I don't have ANY comments from Thar nor NK showing up on this thread at all???
coag
Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 10:57:36 PM

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Hello Romany,

Drag0nspeaker, by mistake, said NKM instead FounDit, and I tried to make a funny reply by mentioning another poster who had not commented in the thread. I didn't mark my comment with a smiling face, whistling head or violinist because I don't like using these things (I use them very reluctantly).

Sorry, if I confused you.

Have a nice weekend.
almo 1
Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 11:55:10 PM
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I thought that the emoticon showed bubbles.











Romany
Posted: Saturday, November 11, 2017 4:57:18 AM
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Coag -

Thank goodness you explained! I was beginning to think either my computer was going quite mad - or else that I was!
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