Saber vs. Conocer
Getting to Know Saber and Conocer
In Spanish, there are two verbs that can express the idea of knowing: saber and conocer . It's important to know the differences between the two because they're not interchangeable. Let's learn the meaning of these two very important verbs!
Saber is used to talk about facts or learned skills. You can use it to talk about information you've memorized or to say you know how to swim, draw, speak a language, etc.
Saber Present Indicative Forms
Here are the conjugations of saber in the present indicative.
Now that you know how to conjugate saber, check out these examples.
To express the knowledge of how “to do” something, use saber plus an infinitive.
Conocer is used to express familiarity or acquaintance (or lack thereof) with a person, place, or thing. For example you can know, or be acquainted with, a book, a movie, a country, or a certain person.
Conocer Present Indicative Forms
Here are the conjugations of conocer in the present indicative.
Now that you know how to conjugate conocer, check out these examples.
The use of the personal a must be used after conocer when talking about a person.