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Savoir/connaître (to know)

October 18, 2012

In French, two different verbs translate both “to know“.

  • connaître
  • savoir

CONNAÎTRE

je connais
tu connais
il/elle/on connaît
nous connaissons
vous connaissez
ils/elles connaissent
  • It means to be acquainted or familiar with someone or something.
  • The object of the verb is always a NOUN (never a clause or an infinitive verb !!)

Ex : Tu connais ma sœur ?
Do you know my sister ?
क्या तुम मेरी बहन को जनते हो ?

Ex : Je connais très bien l’Italie.
I know Italy very well.
मैं इटाली अच्छी तरह से जानता हूँ।

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SAVOIR

je sais
tu sais
il/elle/on sait
nous savons
vous savez
ils/elles savent
  • It means : 1) to know a fact, 2) to know how to do something.
  • The object of the verb is usually : 1) a proposition (introduced by “que”, “où”, “comment” etc.), 2) or an infinitive verb.

Ex : Tu saisque Marie étudie en Chine ?
Do you know that Marie is studying in China ?
तुमें पता है कि Marie China में पढ़ती है ?

Ex : Vous savez elle habite ?
Do you know where she lives ?
आपको पता है कहाँ रहती है वह ?

Ex : Il ne sait pas conduire.
He doesn’t know how to drive.
उसको गाड़ी चलाना नहीं आता।

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ONLINE EXERCISES

  1. Fill up the blank with “savoir” or “connaître” properly conjugated.
  2. Same.
  3. Choose between “savoir” and “connaître” and conjugate it in the present tense.
  4. Select the right answer.
  5. Click on the right verb.
  6. Same.
  7. Fill up the blank with “savoir” or “connaître” properly conjugated.

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