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    know about; in many ways

    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions:

    No.1
    People actually either know or ___________ those who feed their pigs on garbage.
    a. know of b. know about
    The key is "a", no problem. Could you explain why "b" isn't correct?

    No.2
    The reform and open policy has changed our life _________.
    a. in every way b. in many ways
    The key is "a", no problem. Could you please kindly explain why "b" isn't correct?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: know about; in many ways

    In no. 1, 'know of' means approximately 'are aware of, have heard of'; 'know about' suggests 'have some understanding of' - these are only rough paraphrases. I would be more likely to use 'of', but do not consider 'about' to be incorrect.

    In no. 2, both expressions are correct, though they have slightly different meanings.

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    Re: know about; in many ways

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions:

    No.1
    People actually either know or ___________ those who feed their pigs on garbage.
    a. know of b. know about
    The key is "a", no problem. Could you explain why "b" isn't correct?

    No.2
    The reform and open policy has changed our life _________.
    a. in every way b. in many ways
    The key is "a", no problem. Could you please kindly explain why "b" isn't correct?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    As Johnson_F has pointed out, both "a" and "b" are possible in sentences 1 and 2. They are not good multiple choice questions.

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