savoir la réponse ou connaître la réponse

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Ann

Kwiziq community member

17 August 2017

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savoir la réponse ou connaître la réponse

In an earlier quiz the correct answer was Je sais la réponse, but in this multiple choice question they use connaître for all choices. Are both correct?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

19 August 2017

19/08/17

Bonjour Ann, Let's look at this definition from Aurélie: Savoir is usually followed by a clause with a conjugated verb (know where he goes, what I'm doing ...) or an infinitive (know [how] to do something): -> Ils savent à quelle heure le magasin ferme. (They know at what time the shop closes.) Connaître is followed by a noun (know ): -> Ils connaissent l'horaire de fermeture du magasin. (They know the shop closing time.) Using this differentiation as the examples, connaître would be the correct response. However, if the question read «I know how to respond» then savoir would be the correct response. J'espère que cela vous aidera. Bonne chance.

Ann

Kwiziq community member

19 August 2017

19/08/17

Merci pour cela.

Ron

Kwiziq community member

19 August 2017

19/08/17

Pas de problème. Je suis ravi pour avoir vous aidé

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

23 August 2017

23/08/17

Bonjour Ann !

Though in this case, connaître would be the most "correct" grammatically speaking, in some cases relating to abstract things, both verbs can be used colloquially in French.

Please have a look at our related lesson:
https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/connaitre-vs-savoir-to-know-something-to-know-how-to-do

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

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