483 – Know vs. Know About

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Ah, prepositions. So, so tricky for a lot of English learners. Today, we’re going to look at how the preposition about changes the meaning and usage of the verb know. I know and I know about are not the same. The meaning of know and know about differs based on what you are talking about, and the context of the conversation. Are you ready? Let’s check it out.

Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or check the transcript for the details:

  • I know Bill Gates.
  • I know about Bill Gates.
  • I’m a New Yorker, so I know New York.
  • I also know some good places here to get pizza.
  • I know the best place to see a panoramic view of the city.
  • I know a single subway ride in NYC costs $3.
  • I know that my friend Jack likes drinking beer.
  • I know about Boston, because I went there once, but I don’t know Boston well.
  • I know a little about football, but I don’t know anything about soccer or rugby.
  • Do you know anything about Canadian politics?
  • “There was a bad earthquake yesterday.” “I know! How terrible!”
  • I know about the earthquake.
  • “Jack’s dog had puppies!” “Yeah, I know about that.”

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