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Saber vs. Conocer. To Know. Saber vs. Conocer. In Spanish, there are two verbs that express the idea "to know." These two verbs are "saber" and "conocer." The verb you choose depends upon the context in which it is used. These verbs are not interchangeable. Conjugations.

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Saber vs. Conocer
  • In Spanish, there are two verbs that express the idea "to know." These two verbs are "saber" and "conocer."
  • The verb you choose depends upon the context in which it is used.
  • These verbs are not interchangeable
conjugations
Conjugations
  • Both verbs are irregular in the YO form

Saber

Yosé

Túsabes

Élsabe

Nosotrossabemos

Ellossaben

Conocer

Yoconozco

Túconoces

Élconoce

Nosotrosconocemos

Ellosconocen

basic rules
Basic rules
  • saberto know a fact, to know something thoroughly, to know how to do something
  • conocerto be acquainted with a person, place, or thing
saber
Saber
  • To express knowledge or ignorance of a fact or information about something, use "saber."
  • Juan sabe donde está María.Juan knows where Maria is.
  • Yo no sé tu número de teléfono.I don't know your telephone number.
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Saber
  • To say that you know something by heart, use saber.
  • María sabe los verbos irregulares.Maria knows the irregular verbs (by heart).
  • Ella no sabe la letra de esa canción.She doesn't know the words to that song.
saber infinitive
saber + infinitive
  • To express knowledge or ignorance of a skill, or how to do something, use saber + infinitive.
  • María sabe conducir.Maria knows how to drive.
  • No sé nadar muy bien.I don't know how to swim very well.
conocer
Conocer
  • To say that one is or is not acquainted with a person, a place, or an object, use conocer.
  • Yo no conozco a María.I don't know (am not acquainted with) Maria.
  • Alberto y Alfredo conocen Madrid.Alberto and Alfredo know (are acquainted with) Madrid.
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Saber Vs. Conocer
  • To express knowledge or ignorance of a subject or learning discipline, use saber or conocer, depending upon the context.
  • Juan no sabe nada de inglés.Juan doesn't know any English.
  • Élsabematemáticas.He knows mathematics.
  • Juan conoce la literaturaespañola.Juan is familiar with Spanish literature.
practicamos
practicamos

conozco

  • Yo ____________a Juan. Somos muy amigos.I know Juan. We'regoodfriends.
  • Busco el libro. ¿_________ usteddóndeestá?I'm looking for the book. Do you know where it is?
  • Tengoquellamar a María. ¿__________ (tú) sunúmero de teléfono?I have to call Maria. Do you know her phone number?
  • Pablo esniño. No ____________conducir.Pablo is a child. He doesn't know how to drive.
  • ¿Quierehablarbien el español? Es necesario ___________ los verbosirregulares.Do you want to speak Spanish well? You must know (by heart) the irregular verbs. (hint: use the infinitive)

Sabe

Sabes

Sabe

Saber