Know/Know about + Obj. (non-human)

English grammar questions, answered by Alan

Moderator: Alan

User avatar
New Member
Posts: 1
Joined: Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:31 pm
Status: English Learner

Know/Know about + Obj. (non-human)

Post by Yhos » Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:11 am

I would appreciate your opinions for following sentences:

1. Do I need to know grammar?

2. Do I need to know about grammar?

Which sentence is to say "Do I need to learn grammar forms/structures/functions," while know+DO(person/people) implies recognition to each other and know about+DO(person/people) implies knowledge without experience.

Know about, to me, sounds that the term "grammar" is new information to the agent. So the former is more equivalent?

User avatar
EC Teacher
EC Teacher
Posts: 12974
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2003 7:56 pm
Status: English Teacher
Location: Japan

Re: Know/Know about + Obj. (non-human)

Post by Alan » Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:32 am

Both are grammatical. In context, I would see little real semantic difference between the two.