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never knew

This page is about the collocation never knew

collocation pattern: adverb + verb

Meaning

to not know something

For example

  • I never knew George was married. I thought he was single.

  • You mean the first man in space was Russian? I never knew that!

Note:
Mostly used in spoken English when you're surprised to find out something, esp. something that many other people already know.

Quick Quiz

"I never knew my dad used to be in a band" means I

a. didn't know that dads could be in bands

b. didn't know my dad when he was in a band

c. hadn't been told that my dad was in a band

Contributor: Matt Errey