Do you know the difference between the French verbs SAVOIR and CONNAÎTRE?

Both SAVOIR and CONNAÎTRE means TO KNOW in English.

Learn here how to use them correctly.

SAVOIR is used for facts and things.

SAVOIR can be used with:

– an infinitive

-> Je sais parler français. (I know how to speak French / I can speak French)

It means then «to know how to» and expresses a knowledge you acquired from learning something (a skill).

-> Je sais nager. (I know how to swim / I can swim.)


– a subordinate clause (que, où, quand, comment, pourquoi, qui, etc…) to express that you know a fact / something or to ask about something.

-> Je sais que tu habites à Paris. (I know that you live in Paris.)

-> Tu sais est mon livre ? (Do you know where my book is?)


– nothing

-> Je sais. Je ne sais pas. (I know. I don’t know.)


CONNAÎTRE is used with a noun to talk about people or places,

in a sense that you are familiar with that person / place.

You have met the person or you have been at the place you are talking about. 

-> Je connais Paul. (I know Paul, I’ve met him.) 

-> Je connais Paris. (I know Paris, I’ve been there.)

CONNAÎTRE cannot be used with an infinitive or a subordinate clause like SAVOIR.


À vous, faites une phrase avec SAVOIR et une avec CONNAÎTRE 🙂

Conjugation of verb savoir

Conjugation of verb connaître

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