I know, I know… in French, I know is Je connais /shconay/ LISTEN
In French, I know is Je sais /shay/ or /sh say/ or /juh say/ LISTEN
Yes. In French, there are TWO different verbs to express “to know”: connaître /con ett ruh/ and savoir /sav war/.
And you can’t interchange them.
Here is how you use them:
Basically, you use “je sais” (or je ne sais pas /juhn say pah/) with any ACTION; you use “je connais” (or je ne connais pas /juhn conay pah/) with any NOUN.
By action, I mean…
a) … an infinitive (a non-conjugated verb)
b) … a phrase introduced by a question word
c) … or “ce que”/”ce qui” (=what).
By noun, I mean… er… a noun. And a pronoun.
Another way to memorize it is that any time you want to say “know how to“, use SAVOIR:
When you want to say “to be acquainted with“, then use CONNAÎTRE:
So how does one say to know, as in “I know, I know”?
Yes, in this case, we use savoir.
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