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    Know Vs Know of

    hello.

    do you know Billgates? or do you know of Billgates?

    which one is correct if I'm not friends with him.
    I mean, I looked up the word "know" and it says when you say you know somebody, it means you have met him before and talked to him.
    however, obviously I've never seen him in person or talked to him.

    in this case, should I ask "do you know of him?"

    but, casually we ask "hey man, do you know Christina Aguilera?"

    if so, what's the difference between "know" and "know of".
    thanks

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    Re: Know Vs Know of

    Hi, Karina,

    You need to get into the habit of starting sentences with capital letters.

    Quote Originally Posted by karina1 View Post
    Hello.

    Do you know Bill Gates? or Do you know of Bill Gates? (Two words)

    Which one is correct if I'm not friends with him? They are both correct (see below).

    I mean, I looked up the word "know" and it says when you say you know somebody, it means you have met him before and talked to him.
    However, obviously I've never seen him in person or talked to him.

    In this case, should I ask "Do you know of him?" Formally - yes.

    But, casually, we ask "Hey man, (do) you know Christina Aguilera?" That's right. . .informally it means 'Have you heard of. . . ?' We then go on to say something about her, such as 'Well, she's pregnant again!'


    Thanks

    Rover

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