Difference between Saber and Conhecer in Portuguese

Ejemplo con Saber y conhecer en portugués. Eles conhecem a escadaria selarón e sabem a sua história.

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Do you know the difference between Saber and Conhecer in Portuguese? If you don’t, we will help you on this!

The verb Saber

In the Portuguese language we use saber  to talk about information or abilities that we have. Saber is more theoretical and profound. Let’s see a few examples:

Eu sei tudo sobre o Rio de Janeiro.
know everything about Rio de Janeiro.

Ele não sabe cozinhar bem, mas ela sabe.
He can’t cook well, but she can. OR  He doesn’t know how to cook well, but she knows.  

Eles sabem onde João está. Falaram com ele hoje pela manhã.
They know where João is. They spoke with him this morning.

Você sabe falar Português?
Can you speak Portuguese? OR Do you know how to speak Portuguese?

The verb Conhecer

We use conhecer to talk about people, places, objects and situations. Here we have some structures as examples:

Você conhece Rio & Learn?
Do you know Rio & Learn?

Nós conhecemos esse quadro: é a Boba, de Anita Malfatti.
We know this painting: It’s ‘Boba’, by Anita Malfatti.

Vocês conhecem a Marta? Ela foi minha professora na universidade.
Do you know Marta? She was my professor at the university.

Eu conheço esse problema. Já passei por isso.
I know this problem. I have already passed through it.

Acho que conheço você. Não me é estranho.
I think I know you. You look familiar.

Exercises with the verbs Saber and Conhecer

Complete with the verbs Saber and Conhecer:

  1. Eu _______ os professores da Rio & Learn.
  2. Ninguém _____ o que eu penso.
  3. Todo mundo ______ o Moisés.
  4. Você _____ o que significa essa palavra?
  5. Você ______ essa dor de cabeça que eu sinto?
  6. Nós ______ tudo sobre a cidade maravilhosa.
  7. Ele ______ a cidade como a palma da mão.
  8. Elas nunca _____ de nada.
  9. Eu ____ de tudo.
  10. Ela já ______ o professor Diogo.

Now we know the difference between Saber and Conhecer in Portuguese!

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Verbs in -er in the simple past

Regular verbs in -er
Conjugate Saber in Portuguese


  1. conheço
  2. sabe
  3. conhece
  4. sabe
  5. conhece
  6. sabemos
  7. conhece
  8. sabem
  9. sei
  10. conhece

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