1. They are some places I never knew existed but they do and even look nice
  2. They are some places I never knew they existed but do and even look nice
  3. They are some places I never knew existed but do and even look nice

Which sentence sounds more natural? Never know what to choose...

Thanks, in advance


I find 1) the most natural, but it would be even better with they repeated again before even look nice.

3) is comprehensible, and I think it is even grammatical, but I find it odd, because by the time I get to but, I've forgotten which verb do is supposed to coordinate with.

2) doesn't work.

  • 1
    Thank you very much for your comment! Your comment helped me a lot!
    – Jude Keum
    Jun 5 '19 at 16:56
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    He's an old friend I never met but wrote to every week when we were teenager penpals seems to be pretty much the same kind of "excessive deletion" as OP's example #3. My version seems at least slightly less "odd", which I think may be to do with the fact that with just the "helper" verb do we have to overtax ourselves remembering and mentally repeating not just the missing subject (they), but also the main verb itself (existed => exist). Jun 5 '19 at 17:03
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    @FumbleFingers: no, it's not the same, because in your example wrote coordinates with never met, not with He's
    – Colin Fine
    Jun 5 '19 at 18:06

Choice 3. Choice 1 sounds okay as well (in US-English), but not choice 2.

  • 1
    Thank you very much :-)
    – Jude Keum
    Jun 5 '19 at 16:42
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    Could you please elaborate your answer with more explanation, and perhaps alternate examples?
    – Andrew
    Jun 5 '19 at 18:06

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