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The verb "know" in the perfect and continuous tenses

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The verb "know" in the perfect and continuous tenses

Postby Jededly » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:43 pm

Is it possible to use the perfect tense in the cases,"After your answer I have known that I'm not quite right" or it always should be "After your answer I knew/Iknow that I'm not quite right"?
Also, could one say,"After your answer I'm knowing that I'm not quite right". Is it possible to use the present continuous tense for "know"?
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Re: The verb "know" in the perfect and continuous tenses

Postby Alan » Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:55 am

Although the verb 'know' cannot be used in continuous tense-forms, the present perfect might occur in a sentence such as

I have known many interesting people in my life.

implying that you no longer know them (i.e. no longer meet/keep company with them).

However, to denote present knowledge, only the present simple is used, hence e.g.

Having heard your testimony, I know that he is lying.
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