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Atatürk
Posted: Friday, May 24, 2019 4:06:20 PM

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Nobody still knows if he did get away with his escapade. Authorities speculate that he landed near Ariel north of Portland. Almost a decade later an eight-year-old unearthed $5,800 while digging in a sandbank. Though badly eroded, the bills were found to be part of Cooper's ransom. Some believe Cooper had an accomplice deposit the money there to throw the police off the track.

Would you please let me know what is wrong with the sentence shown above?

Ite, maledicti, in ignem aeternum!
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, May 24, 2019 7:54:01 PM

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I don't know - but something is!

The first thing is the initial phrase seems odd.
Usually, for a negative with the emphasising adverb "still", you negate the verb, not the subject.

I know everything.
I still don't know everything.

Not I still know everything.

People know if he got away. . .
People still don't know if he got away. . .

No-one still knows if he got away. . .

Secondly, there is no need to use "did get away" - it's "got away".

Personally, I would have changed the adverb.

Even now, nobody knows if he got away with his escapade.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2019 7:17:10 AM

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Make it fancier...

To this day, no one knows if he got away.


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