but I know <about> Mary

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Shiori Akaba

Senior Member
Japanese
Hi. Could you tell me which one is better 1 or 2?

1. I don’t know what John should be proud of, but I know Mary.
2. I don’t know what John should be proud of, but I know about Mary.

I think both of them are strange, but 2 is good a bit.

Thank you.
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Both are wrong. I know Mary simply implies that she’s someone you know (rather than someone you’ve never met).

    And you seem to be using the same unidiomatic context you asked about before.
     

    owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    Both sentences seem unclear to me, Shiori. If you want to say that Mary should be proud of something, you should mention that: I don't know what John should be proud of, but I know that Mary should be proud of (her accomplishments, etc).
     
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