My business partner, who is a Native English speaker, used "know on" in the email.

The sentence is:

Now they has found out the reason why they kept asking for the delay, it turns out he know on of the their competitive units called ●●●.

I am not sure why he used "on".

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    “he know”? “on of the their”? We have to consider the possibility that this email was typed by your partner’s cat. At the very least, it’s possible that the sentence was meant to read “he knows one of …”. – Scott Jul 18 '17 at 2:37
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    I suspect that there is a typo or two or three involved. – Hot Licks Jul 18 '17 at 2:44
  • Are you sure he wasn't saying "In the know on" ? That is an idiom that basically means "knowing something secret" (or being one of a limited number of people aware of a plan or activity etc.) – Tom22 Jul 18 '17 at 2:47
  • or more particularly "he's in the know on" or "I'm in the know on". – Tom22 Jul 18 '17 at 4:05
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    The text is atrocious. Voting to close as NARQ. – Kris Jul 18 '17 at 7:35

To give your Native English speaking business partner the benefit of the doubt, the multiple grammatical errors in this email could be the fault of auto-correction.

As a Millenial™, I consider myself a Native speaker of auto-corrected English. I believe this could be what your partner was trying to say:

Now, they have found out the reason why they kept asking for the delay; it turns out he knows of their competitive units called...

  • Thank you for your answering @as4s4hetic Now I learn that I have to doubt grammar mistakes if it is written by English speaker.. Yes, I also do typo in my native language too..^^; Thank you very much. – Momoko Jul 18 '17 at 4:48
  • No worries, I'm glad to be of help :) @Momoko – as4s4hetic Jul 19 '17 at 6:55

It's a typo. I suspect the sentence is meant to read as:

Now they have found out the reason why they kept asking for the delay. It turns out, he knows one of the their competitive units (is?) called ...

Even in this somewhat-corrected form, the grammar is a bit cumbersome, but from the little context provided, this seems the most logical answer.

We can make guesses all day, but to answer your question: "Know on" means nothing, it's a typo. One of many in that email, I'm sure.

  • Thank you for your answering @Sinjai. It's helpfull for me to learn "Know on" doesn't have the specific meaning. It sounds like his typo but it was good opportunity for my studying. Thank you very much. – Momoko Jul 18 '17 at 4:51
  • @Momoko No problem. Feel free to hit that upvote button if I helped. ^.^ – Sinjai Jul 18 '17 at 4:52

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