Verbs with similar meanings - connaître and savoir

These two verbs are often mixed up in French as they mean similar things, but there is a distinct difference:

  • savoir means to know (a fact)
  • connaître means to know a person, eg be acquainted with, or to know a place

Here are some examples:

  • je sais faire du patinage - I know how to ice-skate
  • oui, je sais bien ! - yes, I know!
  • il savait que tu étais malade - he knew you were ill
  • tu connais mon frère Luc ? - do you know my brother Luke?
  • oui, je le connais ! - yes, I know him
  • connaissez-vous bien Londres ? - do you know London well?
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