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    about/of

    1-They knew about using metal for making cross-bows.
    2-They knew of using metal for making cross-bows.


    Is there any difference between the meanings of the above sentences?
    Could either be used to mean:
    A-They knew how to use metal for making cross-bows.


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    Re: about/of

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-They knew about using metal for making cross-bows.
    2-They knew of using metal for making cross-bows.


    Is there any difference between the meanings of the above sentences?
    Could either be used to mean:
    A-They knew how to use metal for making cross-bows.
    The first implies that they have knowledge of how metal could be used in the making of crossbows, whereas the second is merely they had heard it could be used.

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