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Spanish language Saber vs Conocer - Spanish Verbs "To Know"

Saber and conocer can both be translated by the English verb to know, but they are used in completely different situations.
  
Saber means to know a fact or to know how to do something. It is often followed by an infinitive or a subordinate clause.
   No sé la respuesta. I don't know the answer.
¿Sabéis francés? Do you know French?
Sabemos cocinar. We know how to cook.
  
In the pretérito, saber means to learn or to find out:
  Supe el secreto ayer. I learned/found out the secret yesterday.
     
Expressions with saber  
  
Present Tense Conjugations for Saber
yo nosotros sabemos
tu sabes vosotros sabéis
él sabe ellos saben
Saber conjugations
  
Conocer means to know someone or to be familiar with someone, something, or somewhere. It can only be followed by the a direct object, never by an infinitive or a subordinate clause. Remember that if the direct object is a person, the preposition a must be used.
Conozco a tu padre. I know your father.
No conocen la obra de Cervantes. They're not familiar with Cervantes' work.
¿Ud. conoce Barcelona? Are you familiar with Barcelona?
  
In the pretérito, conocer means to meet someone for the first time.
Juan conoció su novia en Costa Rica. Juan met his girlfriend in Costa Rica.
  
Present Tense Conjugations for Conocer
yo conozco nosotros conocemos
tu conoces vosotros conocéis
él conoce ellos conocen
Conocer conjugations
  
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