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  • Hi, my name is Rebecca from In today's lesson, you will learn how to express

  • yourself when you don't know something in English. This is actually such an easy method

  • that I think by the end of this lesson, you'll already start using it. So let's have a look

  • at the board and see how it works. You start by using the phrase: "I don't know",

  • and you connect it to one of these words or expressions. For example: "I don't know who

  • is going to the party.", "I don't know what to do.", "I don't know what to say.", "I don't

  • know what to cook." Right? "I don't know when he's arriving.", "I don't know where my glasses are.",

  • "I don't know why she left her job.", "I don't know how to reach him.",

  • "I don't know how to drive.", "I don't know how to swim." And so on.

  • "I don't know how much it costs.", "I don't know how many people were at the concert.",

  • "I don't know how often he goes to the club.", "I don't know whether Jane has arrived." "Whether",

  • spelt like this: "whether" means "if". All right? It's another word for "if". "I don't

  • know whether Jane has arrived yet.", "I don't know if I locked the door.", "I don't know

  • if I locked the door." So, you can see that by using that one expression: "I don't know"

  • with any of these words, you can express a range of information.

  • Now, a couple of points to keep in mind. You can use this expression and combine it with

  • present, past, or future tense. What do I mean? Well, you could say: "I don't know who

  • usually goes to his parties." That's present tense. "I don't know who went to his party."

  • Past tense. Or: "I don't know who is going to his party." Future tense. Right? So you

  • can do this with all of these words; you can use it in the present, in the past or in the future.

  • And one last, very important point to keep

  • in mind regarding the word "know", regarding the verb "know". The verb "know" is a stative

  • verb. A stative verb means that you cannot use it in the continuous form. You can only

  • use it in the simple form, like this. So you can only say: "I don't know", not: "I am not

  • knowing." Many people in different parts of the world use, tend to use continuous forms

  • for everything in English, but you have to be really careful not to use the continuous

  • forms with stative verbs. "Know" is a very common stative verb; there are many others

  • like it. So other than that, you're fine. You couldn't say - sorry -, you could also

  • say: "I don't know" or "I didn't know". All right? So you could use this part, but remember

  • not to change the verb "know". If you'd like to practice this, please go

  • to our website at There you'll find a quiz on this subject. And if you found

  • this lesson useful, please subscribe to my channel on YouTube. Good luck with your English.

  • Bye for now.

Hi, my name is Rebecca from In today's lesson, you will learn how to express

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A2 US tense continuous future tense lesson party jane

10 ways to say "I don't know" in English

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