Is the usage of โ€œknowโ€ wrong in the sentence?

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Many top politicos were in the know of the scam for a very long time.

You could sayโ€ฆโ€ฆย  Many top politicos knew about the scam for a very long time.

Many top politicos were in the know of the scam for a very long time.

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No, the use ofย know is correct in this sentence.

What might be making it confusing for you is the rest of the phrase,ย in the know. This is actually a phrase that means that someone knows about something, especially if that thing is supposed to be secret.

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For example, a company might know that they broke the rules. They wouldnโ€™t want all their employees to know about it, but their top officials probably would all know about it, even if they did not have all the details. In this case, you could say:

  • The top officials of the company were allย in the know about this cover up.

This sentence is clear to me, but the choice of word is unusual; I would generally useย about with the phrase โ€œin the knowโ€œ. For an example, see the previous post by Alice.

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