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Conocer also is used in various set phrases, all of them referring to knowing in some way.

Here are
some of the most common:
Conocer al dedillo means to have a deep knowledge or to know with extreme confidence.
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Dedillo is a diminutive of dedo (finger), so a near-literal translation of conocer al dedillo would be
something like "to know like knowing one's own finger."
Conozco al dedillo lo que ha pasado. (I understand very well what has happened.)
Debatimos con acaloramiento la teora marxista, que ella conoca al dedillo. (We
heatedly discussed Marxist theory, which she knew thoroughly.)
Conocer de cerca suggests having or obtaining an up-close knowledge:
Conoce de cerca al autor del libro nuevo. (Meet the author of the new book up close.)
Era embajador en Npoles y conoca de cerca la historia quecuenta. (He was the
ambassador in Naples and had an up-close look at the history he talks about.)
Conocer de nombre means to know somebody by name or to know the name of someone:
Conozco de nombre a su novia porque es amiga de un amigo mo. (I know his
girlfriend by name because she is a friend of a friend of mine.)
La conocamos de nombre porque escribe en algunos diarios extranjeros.(We knew
her name because she writes in some foreign newspapers.)
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Conocer de vista is to know by sight.

Al general Salazar slo lo conozco de vista. (As to Gen. Salazar, I know him only by
Todo el mundo agrega al Facebook a personas que conocen solamente de vista y nada
ms.(Everyone adds to Facebook people that they know only by sight and nothing
Conocer el percal is to have a good feel for a situation. Percal is a type of woven fabric used for bed
Ya conoca el percal como periodista. (He already knew the situation as a journalist.)
He estado en Uganda y conozco el percal. (I have been in Uganda and know what it's
Conocer en persona means to meet in person.
La primera vez que los conoc en persona fue hace un par de aos en Austin. (The first
time I met them in person was a couple of years ago in Austin.)
Cundo nos conoceremos en persona? (When will we meet each other in person?)
Conocer la noticia refers to getting or having some news or to "knowing the full story":
Todos conocemos la noticia de las nias secuestradas en Nigeria. (We all know about
the girls kidnapped in Nigeria).
Conozco la noticia desde el sbado, pero yo sigo en shock. (I've known the full story
since Saturday, but I'm still in shock.)
Dar a conocer refers to publicizing, publishing or otherwise making something or someone known.
Cmo me doy a conocer en el mercado? (How do I make myself known in the
La NBA dio a conocer hoy las nuevas camisetas de manga corta que sern utilizadas
por los jugadores. (The NBA today unveiled the new short-sleeved shirts that will be
used by players.)
Se conoce que means that something is known.
La ortiga es comn en las zonas templadas y tropicales, aunque se conoce que hay
especies en todo el mundo. (Nettles are common in temperate and tropical areas,
although it is known that there are species throughout the world.)
El 11 de marzo, luego de 35 das, se conoci que haba muerto. (On March 11, 35 days
later, it became known that he had died.)

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