Connaitre ou Savoir

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William

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1 September 2017

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Connaitre ou Savoir

Slightly confused here. In the Lawless French Savoir vs Connaitre Quiz. Question no 4 “Il veut ... ce texte par cœur” says that both savoir and connaître are acceptable. However this question “Nous ….. notre leçon par cœur” suggest that only savoir is acceptable. https://www.lawlessfrench.com/quizzes-and-tests/savoir-vs-connaitre-quiz/

This question relates to:
French lesson "Conjugate savoir in Le Présent (present tense)"

Ron

Kwiziq community member

1 September 2017

1/09/17

Bonjour William, Here are a couple of links that may be of use to you. This one is written by Laura, a Progress with Lawless French https://www.thoughtco.com/savoir-vs-connaitre-1368940 This link is from the UT Austin French department and I have found it to be quite good http://laits.utexas.edu/tex/gr/virr10.html This link is one that I found online that discusses the difference and having read through it, I think it is right on. http://www.differencebetween.com/difference-between-savoir-and-vs-connaitre/ While I study the Progress with Lawless French quite a bit, at times I find it useful to search other resources to get another point of view explanation. As for your question, I can definitely understand the confusion since the quiz questions seem similar. Perhaps a member of the Kwiziq team will be able to explain the nuances of the difference. Bonne chance,

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

31 December 2018

31/12/18

Hi william,

Having consulted with some French compatriots living in France, we do agree that 'savoir' here is the instinctive verb we would use in both the examples you quote. 

However, it is true that 'connaître' would be acceptable but 'savoir' is better perhaps because of the 'par cœur' which indicate that you know the text and the lesson for sure...

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