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    know of vs know about

    hi.what is the difference between "know of" and "know about"?
    thanks in advance.

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    Re: know of vs know about

    Know of means to know something specific.
    Know about means to have general knowledge about.

    I know of three museums near the park. (I know their names, locations, etc.)

    I know about three museums near the park. (I know what types of exhibits they have.)

    Quite often these terms are used interchangably. No English speaker would be confused if you said one and meant the other.


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    Re: know of vs know about

    Hi,
    And I see it differently. IMHO to know of means to be aware of its existence.
    Do you know of any ways to stop progressing baldness?
    =Are there any ways...?
    To know about means to know some details.
    (What) Do you know about the released journalists?
    I will appreciate your comments.
    Rgs

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    Re: know of vs know about

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    I think that usage may vary somewhat with the context, and that native speakers may not find their choice between the two too critical. I guess we can all find examples that suit our purposes:

    I know of Albert Schweitzer = I've heard of him; I know the name and some general information.
    I know about Albert Schweitzer = I have a reasonably detailed knowledge of his life and work.
    I know of/about a little Mexican restaurant with killler tacos = I am aware of it; how much detail I know is not very relevant.
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    Re: know of vs know about

    Tnx, Mister Micawber,
    The first two examples of yours put you on my side of the fence.
    Rgs

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    Re: know of vs know about

    I've just now looked at this thread & hope it's okay to pose a slightly different but closely related question, which is how to explain the difference between "knowledge of" and "knowledge about" when used in this phrase: "My knowledge about English grammar is not very good." I believe the writer meant to say her knowledge "of" grammar was not good.

    The distinction, I believe, is that "knowledge of" English grammar means knowing how to use the grammar, whereas "knowledge about" would mean something more abstract--e.g. to know that in English, word order is important, articles are used, and nouns & verbs have to "agree."

    Can someone articulate this better, or does someone have a better and clearer thought about this? Also -- does this seem consistent with the thoughts so far about "to know of" and "to know about" ? Thanks. -- Irene Kiebert


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    Re: know of vs know about

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber View Post
    I know of/about a little Mexican restaurant with killler tacos.
    Tacos with machine guns or salmonella?

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    #8

    Re: know of vs know about

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    The distinction, I believe, is that "knowledge of" English grammar means knowing how to use the grammar, whereas "knowledge about" would mean something more abstract
    Hello, Irene.

    Perhaps, 'knowledge of grammar' = 'ability to use it' and 'knowledge about grammar' = 'understanding of its structure'. I think that is an interesting and valid point, too, at least in this case. It is evident that the two prepositions can be used with different subtleties in different contexts.
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