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    I know her very well.

    1. I know her very well.

    2. I know about her very well.

    What is the correct meanings of these two sentences. Can we use these sentences interchangeably?

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    Re: I know her very well.

    I'll try to answer and I'd like to know whether my understanding is right.

    The first one only means that you know her quite long enough (she's your friend, classmate, colleague and so on).

    The latter (better without very much) means that you know something special about her, not anyone (even her close friends or parents) knows that.
    Last edited by greegorush; 16-Dec-2009 at 18:23.

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    Re: I know her very well.

    Quote Originally Posted by jayan12 View Post
    1. I know her very well.

    2. I know about her very well.

    What is the correct meanings of these two sentences. Can we use these sentences interchangeably?

    thanks
    1. means you know her personally (and she knows you). This is how it's usually used in English.
    2. means simply that you know things about her; but you might never have met her.

    Even though I do not know Tiger Woods/the Queen of England/ Tom Cruise ..., I know a lot of things about his/her personal life.

    A: Do you know Mary?
    B: Yes, I met her yesterday, so I don't know her very well, and I don't know much about her yet.

    C: Do you know Peter?
    D: No, I've never met him. But I've heard a lot about him. (I know a lot about him).

    Sometimes, you have to clarify:
    E: Do you know Kevin Rudd?
    F: Well, I know who he is. Do you mean personally?

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