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LITTLE DID I KNOW: the useful phrase series

LITTLE DID I KNOW: the useful phrase series

Little did I know = I did not have this information in the past

We use ‘little did I know‘ when we want to explain that in the past, we didn’t know something. 

 

Examples:

 

I bought my boyfriend some cologne. Little did I know, his ex-girlfriend had bought him the exact same one! 
(In the past I didn’t know this. Now I do.)

 

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I thought Dave was being really rude by not joining in the conversation. He was just staring at his drink the whole time. Little did I know, his grandmother had just passed away and he was feeling pretty down. 
(In the past I didn’t know this. Now I do.)

 

 

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I finished my entire plate because the food was so good. Little did I know, it’s considered rude to finish everything on your plate in some cultures.
(In the past I didn’t know this. Now I do.)

 

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We do NOT use ‘little did I know’ to say ‘I don’t know’: 

A: Janie decided to move to London.
B: Really? Little did I know! 

This phrase is used to explain that NOW we know something, but in a past situation, we didn’t.

Yesterday I told Janie that London was a horrible place to live. Little did I know, she was going to move there!
(In the past I didn’t know this. Now I do.)

 

 

Another useful phrase: NOT TO MENTION


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