|One great way to break the barrier of being strangers to becoming friends is to simply start talking to them. A small conversation with other people could win a big circle of friends. Yet, talking anything under the sun could not always end up winning friends especially if both don’t share the same view and what’s even worse is it could also be heated up with a bit of misunderstandings because of one’s erroneous grammar.|
The word “know” is commonly used once a person is engaged in having a conversation. It is very helpful in sharing a person’s ideas or knowledge on a thing. Now, we are going to talk about how to use the verb “know” correctly to avoid conflicts.
The “know” is a verb and it means to perceive directly; have direct cognition of or to have understanding of. When the using the verb “know”, the rules below should be followed:
a. the verb “know” should not be followed directly by an infinitives, instead we use know + how to. Example: I know how to weave a basket not I know to weave a basket.
b. using “know” in a formal style, it is sometimes followed by object + infinitive. Example is I know a best place to spend our summer; where we have our verb “knew”; our object a best place and our infinitive is to spend. Just follow this format then correct grammar is observed.
c. for the informal style, that-clause are usually used. Observe: Example: The cat knew that his owner was sick. If we are going to apply the “know” + object + infinitive structure then we have: The cat knew the rule that to sleep on the coach is restricted where “knew” + the rules as the object and the to sleep for infinitive.
d. “know” can usually be used in progressive forms: example: I know where they’re going. A present perfect tense is used to say how long one has known somebody or something. Refer to this example: We’ve known him as a sad man since his mother died.
e. this rule is very crucial and strict observance of this rule should be observed. The use of know and know about/of. If we are to use this format, know + object, we refer to the direct knowledge obtained from personal experiences while know about/of or have heard of, the knowledge is obtained from a secondary source.
|Know + object: I know this cake is made of chocolate.|
(the speaker gets to taste the cake and was able to confirm that it is made from chocolate)
Know about/of: I know about the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan
because of reading history books. (the speaker was able to obtain the
information from the history books not from his own experience.)
|These are just few of the rules that we should strive hard to follow when we are going to use the word “know”. Just follow the guidelines and we can never go wrong. Error in grammar can be avoided as long as we know the rules that need to be followed and we have the knowledge as to when to apply these rules. Constant practice and determination are the essential keys to be perfect in using the English Language.|