Savoir et connaitre

May 1, 2018 admin

Savoir et Connaitre

Savoir/Connaître

“Savoir” and “connaître” both mean “To know” and students often use them interchangeably. This post will enable you to learn the present tense of both verbs and you will find out when to use “savoir” as opposed to “connaître”.

Savoir

Je saisI know
Tu saisyou know
Il/elle/on saithe/she knows/we know
Nous savonswe know
Vous savez you know
Ils/elles saventthey know

Connaître

Je connaisI know
Tu connaisyou know
Il/elle/on connaithe/she knows/we know
Nous connaissonswe know
Vous connaissezyou know
Ils/elles connaissantthey know

 

Savoir

To know + question/interrogative expression

e.g.

  • où, pourquoi, qui, avec qui, quand etc.
  • tu sais où ils habitent?
  • savez-vous à quelle heure le train arrive?
  • sais-tu pourquoi Jean a dit ça?

Savoir + verb

“Knowing how to…”

e.g.

  • je sais danser
  • il sait nager
  • elle sait écrire

Savoir (on it’s own)

e.g.

  • tu sais qu’elle part en France?
  • oui, je sais.

Connaître

“To know” + people and places

It has the idea of being personally familiar with, of having experienced it yourself.

It is always followed by a noun.

e.g.

  • Tu connais Marie?

Do you know Marie?

  • Vous connaissez Londres?

Do you know London?

Meaning “Have you personally been here?”

 

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