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5 saber and conocer


Uses of saber and conocer (to know) in Spanish

Uses of saber and conocer (to know) in Spanish

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  • 1. The Verbs saber and conocer (Los verbos saber y conocer) The “to know” verbs
  • 2. Saber vs. conocer saber its conjugation sé sabemos sabes sabéis sabe saben The verb saber isirregular in its yo form.
  • 3. Saber = to know a fact, to know dataSabemos que Rodolfo y Luisa sonestudiantes.¿Sabes los días de lasemana?Yo sé el número de teléfono deConsuelo.
  • 4. Saber + infinitive* = to know how (to do something)Yo sé esquiar. ¿Sabes cocinar? Los niños no saben nadar. *Conocer is neverfollowed by an infinitive.
  • 5. Saber is often followed by a question word.* Sabemos quién es Plácido Domingo. ¿Sabes dónde está la oficina de correos? No sé cuándo sale el tren para Tegucigalpa.*Conocer is never followed by a question word.
  • 6. Saber is also used when we knowsomething from memory (de memoria)Abuela Marta sabe el Himno NacionalMexicano. ¡Mexicanos, al grito de guerra . . . !
  • 7. Saber vs. conocer conocer its conjugation conozco conocemos conoces conocéis conoce conocen The verb conocer isirregular in its yo form.
  • 8. Conocer = to know aperson, or to be acquaintedor thoroughly familiar witha person or thing
  • 9. Notice the contrast between saber and conocer in the following sentences.Yo sé quién es Plácido Domingo, pero no conozcoal señor Domingo personalmente. I know who Plácido Domingo is, but I don’t know Mr. Domingo personally.Sabemos dónde está Tegucigalpa, pero noconocemos la ciudad. We know where Tegucigalpa is, but we aren’t familiar with the city.Julia sabe que Rigoberta Menchú recibió elpremio Nobel, pero no conoce sus obras. Julia knows that Rigoberta Menchú received the Nobel prize, but she isn’t acquainted with her works.
  • 10. FIN