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savoir

English translation of savoir

know

The French word for 'know' is 'savoir'. It is typically used to indicate knowledge or familiarity with something. It can often be seen in phrases like 'Je sais' (I know), or 'Tu sais?' (You know?). The usage can vary based on context and the grammatical structure of the sentence.


Example sentences using: savoir

Je ne sais pas où sont mes clés.

English translation of Je ne sais pas où sont mes clés.

I don't know where my keys are.

This phrase uses the verb 'savoir' in a negation to express a lack of knowledge about the location of the speaker's keys.

Il veut savoir la vérité.

English translation of Il veut savoir la vérité.

He wants to know the truth.

In this example, the verb 'savoir' is used to express the desire for knowledge or understanding. The noun 'vérité' means truth.

Je dois savoir ce qui s'est passé.

English translation of Je dois savoir ce qui s'est passé.

I must know what happened.

Here 'savoir' is used to express the intent of gaining knowledge about an event that happens in the past.

Elle sait parler trois langues.

English translation of Elle sait parler trois langues.

She knows how to speak three languages.

In this sentence the word 'savoir' shows the ability or skill of a person, in this case the ability to speak three different languages.

Nous devons savoir vivre ensemble.

English translation of Nous devons savoir vivre ensemble.

We must know how to live together.

In this sentence, the use of 'savoir' means knowing the skills or methods required to do something, in this case, to live together.

Vous savez ce qu'il a dit?

English translation of Vous savez ce qu'il a dit?

Do you know what he said?

The word 'savoir' here- inquired if the person has knowledge about something said by someone else.

Je vais savoir la réponse demain.

English translation of Je vais savoir la réponse demain.

I will know the answer tomorrow.

In this context 'savoir' is used to express gaining future knowledge about something, in this case, an answer.

Elles ne savent pas cuisiner.

English translation of Elles ne savent pas cuisiner.

They (feminine) don't know how to cook.

In this sentence, 'savoir' is used to denote the lack of a certain skill or knowledge, here, cooking.

Ils veulent savoir comment il a réussi.

English translation of Ils veulent savoir comment il a réussi.

They want to know how he succeeded.

This sentence uses 'savoir' to express a desire to understand the method or means by which someone else's success was achieved.

Tu sais jouer du piano?

English translation of Tu sais jouer du piano?

Do you know how to play the piano?

The verb 'savoir' is often used when asking or stating that someone knows how to do something, like playing piano in this example.

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