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know better

This page is about the collocation know better

collocation pattern: verb + adverb

Meaning

to be sensible enough to know that it's better not to do something

For example

  • I didn't teach my kids to be bullies. They should know better.

  • Don't your teachers know any better than to call kids with learning difficulties "stupid"?

Quick Quiz

Most people know better than to

a. study animals

b. help animals

c. hurt animals

Contributor: Matt Errey