Saber vs Conocer

January 17, 2014

The verbs SABER y CONOCER both means "to know". However, you need choose "saber" or "conocer" depending on the context in wich is used it. These verbs are not interchangeable.

 

SABER                                                         CONOCER

yo sé            nosotros sabemos              yo conozco          nosotros conocemos

tú sabes      vosotros sabéis                   tú conoces           vosotros conocéis

él/ud sabe  ellos/uds saben                   él/ud conoce        ellos/uds conocen

 

* Watch out! Both saber and conocer are verbs with irregular first person.

 

SABER means to know facts and information:

 

1.To know information: saber

 

I know your telephone number. Yo tu número de teléfono.

 

2. To know that: saber que....

 

They know that I am here. Ellos saben que yo estoy aquí.

 

3. To know how to do something: saber + infinitive

 

He knows how to play tennis. Él sabe jugar al tenis.

 

CONOCER is used to express familiarity with a person, a place, a thing or a particular field of learning:

 

1. To know a person: conocer a

 

We know your sister. Nosotros conocemos a tu hermana.

 

2. To know a place

 

I know Spain. Conozco España.

 

3. To know (be familiar with) a thing, be well versed in an area

 

The hairdresser knows his client's hair. El peluquero conoce el pelo de sus clientes.

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