Know/Meet

What's the difference between know and meet?

The verbs know and meet are sometimes confusing for people learning English. Read the examples below then do the exercise to test your knowledge.

Bronwyn and her family have just moved to Ireland from Germany. They don’t know the town very well and they don’t know many people either.

They know it will be hard to adjust to life in a new country.

Luckily, Bronwyn knows how to make friends and she has already met some nice girls at school. She’s going to meet them at a cafe this weekend.

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Know

  • be familiar with a person, place or thing
Example:
Bronwyn’s don’t know the town very well.
They don’t know many people either.
  • have information because of experience, because you learnt it or because someone told you
    Example:
    They know it will be hard to adjust to life in a new country.

Meet

  • be are introduced to someone/ see or know them for the first time
Example:
Bronwyn has already met some nice girls at school.
  • arrange to be at a particular place at a particular time
Example:
Bronwyn is meeting her friends at the cafe at 2 o’clock.