Conocer vs. Saber  

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Conocer and Saber
Both verbs conocer and saber are translated as 'to know'
- but they don't mean the same thing!

Forms of Conocer
yo conozco I know
conoces you know
Ud./él/ella conoce you/he/she knows
nosotros/as conocemos we know
vosotros/as conocéis you all know
Uds./ellos/ellas conocen you all/they know

Conocer
We use conocer when we want to say we know someone, or personally know a place.

Yo conozco a María.
      I know María.
¿Conoces Bilbao?
      You know Bilbao? (Have you been to Bilbao?)
Ella conoce a Pedro.
      She knows Pedro.
Él me conoce.
      He knows me.
Nosotros conocemos a tu vecina.
      We know your neighbor.
Ellas conocen a mi tío.
      They know my uncle.
Ustedes conocen a mi papá.
      You all know my dad. (formal)

Forms of Saber
yo I know
sabes you know
Ud./él/ella sabe you/he/she knows
nosotros/as sabemos we know
vosotros/as sabéis you all know
Uds./ellos/ellas saben you all/they know

Saber
We use saber when we know facts, know from memory, or know how to do something.

Yo la verdad.
      I know the truth.
sabes cocinar.
      You know how to cook.
Él no sabe nada.
      He knows nothing.
Nosotras sabemos la lección.
      We know the lesson. (feminine)
Tus padres saben conducir.
      Your parents know how to drive.

Test Your Knowledge
Test your knowledge
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Multiple Choice - Saber & Conocer

Photo Match - Saber

Photo Match - Conocer

Word Scramble - Saber

Word Scramble - Conocer




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