Connaître meaning

GC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Connaître meaning

The question: Conjugate connaître (to meet) in the passé composé.

The answer: I met Leila at University = J'ai connu Leila à la fac.

I thought connaître meant "to know" ? I can't find any references to it meaning "to meet".


Asked 6 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi G,

'Connaître' can mean, to know from somewhere, in other words, that's where you met.

Hope this helps!

GC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thanks, just what I need...another verb for "to meet". ;-)

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Well, connaître does not strictly mean "to meet".

Je la connais au travail. -- I know her from work. Yes, that implies that you met her at work but the translation with "to meet" seems a bit loose to me. You cannot use it in the sense of "Let's meet!".

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

It can mean to meet someone for the first time. Particularly when it's in the passé composé it is very often translated as "met".

Connaître meaning

The question: Conjugate connaître (to meet) in the passé composé.

The answer: I met Leila at University = J'ai connu Leila à la fac.

I thought connaître meant "to know" ? I can't find any references to it meaning "to meet".


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