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    "Know" or "Know about"?

    Hi friends,
    Do we usually know someone and know about something?

    Do you know that?
    I know that guy.


    My new car is pretty fast, which is logical because of its 150 hp.
    I know (about) your car's hp.

    Once Raymott said, "In English we usually know about problems."
    So are there differences between problems and other things?

    Cheers!

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    Re: "Know" or "Know about"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hi friends,
    Do we usually know someone and know about something?

    Do you know that?
    I know that guy.

    My new car is pretty fast, which is logical because of its 150 hp.
    I know (about) your car's hp.

    Once Raymott said, "In English we usually know about problems."
    So are there differences between problems and other things?

    Cheers!
    NOT A TEACHER.

    You've asked a difficult question. I'm not going to try to answer it, but I would like to point out that you can also "know of someone/something."

    I know of no one who could answer that question.

    A: Do you know Obama Barack?
    B: No, but I do know of him.

    He knows of the dangers involved in this enterprise.

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