I've never heard of....vs. It's the first time I've heard of....

zaffy

Senior Member
Polish
I came across a post in a polish automotive forum. Someone said they'd bought an oil filter made by WIX. Another person has never heard of that company and asked about it. I've tried to translate that conversation into English and was wondering if these work.

What is WIX? I've never heard of it. (It or them?)
What is WIX? It's the first time I've heard of it.

In fact, the Polisjh would use "brand".
What kind of brand is WIX? I've never heard of it.
Wix? What kind of brand is that? I've never heard of it.
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    Who are WIX? I've never heard of them.
    Who are
    WIX? This is the first time I've heard of them.
    WIX? Who are they? I've never heard of them.

    (Wix is well-known in the UK.)
     

    Tegs

    Mód ar líne
    English (Ireland)
    If you know it's a company/brand then "who" is enough, without mentioning that it's a brand (other people who have never heard of WIX either will also understand from the question that you're referring to a company).

    Since I'd never heard of WIX until now, I might have said "What is WIX?" Put this way, the question shows that I haven't the faintest idea what it is - not even the fact that it's a company.
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    What kind of brand is WIX?

    I don't really understand the question. What kind of answer are they looking for?
     

    zaffy

    Senior Member
    Polish
    What kind of brand is WIX?

    I don't really understand the question. What kind of answer are they looking for?
    You could insert brand, but it is not necessary.

    I was wondering if you could express your surprise using the word "brand" because we do it in Polish. The direct translation from Polish would be:

    What brand is WIX? I've never heard of them.

    What our Polish question implies is: "Is there really such a brand WIX?. I've never heard of them."
     

    elroy

    Imperfect mod
    US English, Palestinian Arabic bilingual
    WIX? Is that a brand? I’ve never heard of it!

    Or

    What? I didn’t know there was such a brand as WIX!
     
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