Saber vs. Conocer

Today, we’re going to discuss the meaning of saber and conocer. Saber and Conocer are irregular verbs, both of these verbs mean “to know”, however, it is very important to know the differences between the two because these verbs cannot be used interchangeably.

Conjugations:

Saber

Subject Present tense form
Yo
sabes
Él/ella sabe
Nosotros sabemos
Ustedes saben
Ellos/ellas saben

Conocer

Subject Present tense form
Yo conozco
conoces
Él/ella conoce
Nosotros conocemos
Ustedes conocen
Ellos/ellas conocen

Uses:

  • Saber is used to talk about facts, learned skills or when discussing information.

E.g.:

Yo sé mucho de historia. (I know a lot about history.)

Nosotros sabemos tocar el piano. (We know how to play the piano.)

Tú no sabes nada de Alemania. (You don’t know anything about Germany.)

¿Sabes dónde hay un buen restaurante? (Do you know where a good restaurant is?)

  • Conocer is used to express acquaintance or familiarity with something such as things, places or people.

E.g.:

No conozco a Paolo. (I don’t know Paolo.)

Conozco un buen restaurante. (I know a good restaurant.)

No conocemos Madrid. (We are not acquainted with Madrid.)

Conoce una película que tal vez te guste. (She knows a movie that you might like.)

 

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