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aware of what/aware what

Discussion in 'English Only' started by jullianus, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. jullianus Senior Member

    Korean
    Hello.

    1a. He isn't aware of what his children are doing. b. He isn't aware what his children are doing.
    2a. He is aware of when she will leave here. b. He is aware when she will leave here.

    My dictionary says that 'of' is usually omitted between 'aware' and 'an indirect question'. But in fact, (b) pattern is weird to me.
    Is (b) pattern correct and common?

    Thank you always~.
     
  2. owlman5

    owlman5 Senior Member

    Colorado
    English-US
    I'd use "of" in both of those sentences, jullianus. Though I haven't read it, your dictionary's comment about omitting "of" in indirect questions seems questionable to me.
     
  3. frenchifried Senior Member

    France
    English - UK
    I agree with owlman. But one can say He isn't aware that.
    He isn't aware of what his children are doing.
    He isn't aware that his children are bullies.
     
  4. london calling Senior Member

    SALERNO, ITALY
    UK ENGLISH
    He isn't aware what his children are doing sounds fine to me, although I admit that if the context, be it written or spoken, were more formal, I wouldn't omit "of".;) He is aware when she will leave here sounds bizarre to me, however.:)
     

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