I often hear people say
I don't know. I realize that not everybody knows everything, that's impossible. Therefore, like the proverbial
stupid question, there' no shame in admitting that you
Or is there?
My good friend Tom pointed out to me today that there are two places in a sentence where
I don't know can be placed, and it makes a big difference:
I don't knowis totally acceptable in the first half of a sentence, but never at the end Here's a classic example:
I don't know, but I'll look into itis a fine answer, as would "I don't know yet, thanks for calling it to my attention.
Implied, of course, is that
I don't know as the answer to a question, say:
Why are we getting errors?
I don't know.
As was given to me is not appropriate, at least, when the question is addressed to a person who should know the answer.
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