Savoir or Connaitre?

After getting a number of questions wrong, i finally looked it up. This may not be the only difference, but:

Connaitre is for knowing a person place or thing.

Savoir is for knowing a fact, or how to do something

June 21, 2012


Somebody explained it to me today as Sa(v)oir being used with verbs and con(n)aitre being used to nouns. Handy way to remember it if its true?

June 21, 2012

Think of it like connaitre means you've met or encountered something or person... and savoir means you understand something or have acquired knowledge about something. That's how I keep it straight. So in class we say "je ne sais pas" because we don't understand... but at a bar, we would use the other. I think. :)

June 22, 2012

Another way of keeping these straight: Connaitre --> On peut faire la connaissance de <a person> You don't meet a thing, only a person.

"Savoir" --> the English "savoir faire" You know how to do something, or you know a fact.

June 29, 2012
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