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    #1

    know the school

    I'd like to come and know the staff and the school before enrolling in it.

    Hi,
    Is it good English, please? Is ''know'' appropriate in this context? How would a native say?
    Thanks
    Last edited by jctgf; 07-Dec-2008 at 00:47.


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    #2

    Re: know the school

    I would like to visit the school and meet the staff before enrolling.

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    #3

    Re: know the school

    Thanks!
    Somebody asks me why I'd like to meet the staff and I say: It's because I'd like to check if they are nice and polite people and if I'll get along with them. Is the answer fine?
    How about ''Because I need to know them”? Does it make any sense in English?
    Thanks.
    Last edited by jctgf; 07-Dec-2008 at 14:51.


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    #4

    Re: know the school

    Keep it nice and neutral:

    Because I will be studying with them and would like an idea of what sort of people they are.

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    #5

    Re: know the school

    Thanks a lot, Anglika!

    Sorry if I look insistent but I have this old doubt in my mind.

    If someone who I've never talked to sends me an instant message, can I say "Sorry, there must be a mistake. I don't think I know who you are."?

    I am talking to someone who is close to me and, so, I can speak more comfortably. Then I whisper "I don't think I want to make a deal with them now. I'd rather know them better before signing this contract".

    I have this expression (“know someone”, “know people”) in the back of my mind and I frequently say it but I am never sure if it's good English. I've found many entries in BMC for "know the people" and it seems to work fine but I just would like to make sure whether I can say it or whether it sounds foreign English.

    Thanks again!


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    #6

    Re: know the school

    Your examples are fine, but in the situation of meeting people in order to assess your possible personal response to them, "know" is too strong a word. You know people by having contact over a period of time.

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