Portuguese Verbs Know: Conhecer & Saber

Learn the verb know in Portuguese

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18. Portuguese Verbs To Know - Conhecer and Saber

There are two verbs in Portuguese that mean to know. Conhecer means to be acquainted / familiar with someone or something, while saber means to know factual information (even if the facts involve people or places).

conhecer - to know (people, places) saber - to know (facts)
eu conheço nós conhecemos eu sei nós sabemos
tu conheces vós conheceis tu sabes vós sabeis
ele/ela/você conhece eles/elas/vocês conhecem ele/ela/você sabe eles/elas/vocês sabem

Eu sei quem é esta pessoa. I know who this person is.
Eu sei qual é esta cidade. I know which city this one is.
Eu conheço esta pessoa. I know this person. (I have met this person / I recognize this person.)
Eu conheço esta cidade. I know this city. (I have been to this city before.)



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