"I know them."

Translation:Je les sais.

February 28, 2013



Why is "Je leur connais." wrong?

May 14, 2013


leur is an indirect object pronoun...it means TO them. Used...je leur ai dit - I told them / I said to them OR je ll leur donne - I'm giving it to them. LES is the direct object pronoun and only means him or it. So je la regarde - I'm looking at it. Je les mange. - I'm eating them. So LEUR could not work here because connaitre would take the direct object pronoun...les since the les / they are getting the action and it is not happening to them.

May 18, 2013


I meant je le leur donne - I'm giving it to them...the le is the IT and leur is TO THEM

May 18, 2013


In this sentence them is a direct object of know.

Know ...who/what = them = direct object.

Direct object form. = me, te, le/ la, nous, vous, les(third person plural). them = third person plural = les.

I know them = je les connais.

May 27, 2013


Wouldn't "Je les sais" also be a good translation, instead of "connais"?

February 28, 2013


no, i believe connais actually refers to knowing people. Whereas savoir - to knowing objects.

April 9, 2013


Funny. I interpreted "them" as some kind of item (answers, words) rather than people in this question and answered "je les sais"...in which case I should be right! N'est-ce pas?

August 1, 2013


Well, asemaika's answer is kind of simplified. To expand on it, connaître and savoir both mean "to know," but they have different flavors in their meanings (if that makes sense).

Connaître is used when you know people, or are familiar with something. Savoir is the general "to know" verb. It is also the only one that can be used with verbs. Ex: I know how to speak French / je sais parler français.

This may help more: http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/savoirconnaitre.htm

August 5, 2013


Ahh! The tip about savoir being used with another verb is very helpful. Thanks!

August 5, 2013

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"Connaître" is not specific to people. Think of it as "acquainted with", "familiar with", "know about".

October 25, 2018


I know the answers = I know them = Je les sais. :)

February 3, 2014


I am familiar with the answers = I know them = Je les connais. :)

June 25, 2017


Sais is not even one of the choices!!!

November 5, 2018


Connait/ sait what is the difference?

October 5, 2013


why is "Je sais eux" wrong?

January 1, 2014


EUX = is a generalized "them" -- what flowers do you want?? --- EUX (them).

Your answer may probly sound like:

"I (may/kinda/sorta) know (some very vague) them"

----> "who are we talking about?" would be the next natural question (from confusion).

TO QUOTE: Dannilo3 (above) Connaître is used when you know people, or are familiar WITH something. Savoir is the general "to know" verb. It is also the only one that can be used with verbs. Ex: I know how to speak French / je sais parler français.

January 18, 2014


Je les sais? ?

May 1, 2017


Technically that would be correct if the 'them' in the sentence referred to objects rather than people. The context of the sentence isn't too clear, but nevertheless know that connaître is used to say that you know someone or are familiar with something, whereas savoir is used to say that you know how to do something or know something as by memory.

I'm not sure whether a moderator will fix this sentence to allow both, or make the context clearer. :/

Btw @asemaika gives a good answer above, too. A question similar to yours was asked.

May 1, 2017


What is the difference between connaître (quelqu'un) and connaître à (quelqu'un)?

January 16, 2019
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