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Saber vs Conocer n Pedir vs Preguntar

Saber vs Conocer n Pedir vs Preguntar

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Saber vs Conocer / Pedir vs. Preguntar
1.The written lesson is below.2.Links to quizzes, tests, etc. are to the left.In Spanish, there are two verbs that express the idea "to know." These two verbs are"saber" and "conocer." The verb you choose depends upon the context in which it is used.These verbs are
interchangeable.To express knowledge or ignorance of a fact or information about something, use"saber."
Juan sabe donde está María.
Juan knows where Maria is.
Yo no sé tu número de teléfono.
I don't know your telephone number.To say that one is or is not acquainted with a person, a place, or an object, use conocer.
Yo no conozco a María.
I don't know (am not acquainted with) Maria.
Alberto y Alfredo conocen Madrid.
Alberto and Alfredo know (are acquainted with) Madrid.To express knowledge or ignorance of a subject or learning discipline, use saber or conocer, depending upon the context.
Juan no sabe nada de inglés.
Juan doesn't know any English.
Él sabe matemáticas.
He knows mathematics.
Juan conoce la literatura española.
Juan is familiar with Spanish literature.To express knowledge or ignorance of a skill, or how to do something, use saber +infinitive.
María sabe conducir.
Maria knows how to drive.
No sé nadar muy bien
.I don't know how to swim very well.To say that you know something by heart, use saber.
María sabe los verbos irregulares.
Maria knows the irregular verbs (by heart).
Ella no sabe la letra de esa canción
.She doesn't know the words to that song.The situation with regards to the correct use of saber and conocer can be summarized asfollows:
to know a fact, to know something thoroughly, to know how to do something
to be acquainted with a person, place, or thingThe same sort of situation exists with respect to the two Spanish verbs
. They both mean "to ask" but they are not interchangeable. Fortunately, therules for using them are a bit more straightforward:
to ask for, or request an object, service or favor 
Pido más carne.
I ask for more meat.
Pedimos ahora.
We order now (ask for service).
to ask a question, or request information
Pregunto qué hora es.
I ask what time it is.
Preguntamos a qué hora sirven la cena.
We ask what time they serve dinner.Your verb flashcards should be your constant companions. You should always have themwith you, and you should pull them out several times each day, even if you only look atthem for a couple of minutes. Now, let's add these two verbs to our growing stack:
Verb Flashcards
to know (facts, information, how to do something, something by heart)
to know (to be familiar with people, places, things)
to ask (for an object or a service)
to ask (a question, request information)
Saber vs Conocer; Pedir vs Preguntar:Quiz #1
A. Write the correct verb form, based upon the contextof the sentence.
1. Yo a Juan. Somos muy amigos.I know Juan. We're good friends.

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