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I can or I know
I CAN...? I KNOW...??
1. Being capable of doing something + infinitive is often expressed with CAN + infinitive without TO especially when it deals with usual physical or intellectual activities.
- Peter is five, he can swim and he can already speak two languages.
2. a) TO KNOW = to be capable of, must be followed by HOW TO ( but not by TO only.)
- I don't know how to repair my computer...( NOT: I don't know to repair...)
b) When KNOWING SOMETHING means hearing about news, hearing that or about something, 'to know' mustn't be used in English. You must employ To HEAR THAT / HEAR ABOUT / to BE TOLD THAT / ABOUT or to DISCOVER /to FIND OUT.
- I was so surprised when I found out that he was the thief.
c) TO HAVE PROBLEMS = to FACE / to BE FACING PROBLEMS.
- They've been facing many problems since her dad lost his job.
d) KNOWING ? when it means "to get acquainted to", "meeting someone" = GETTING TO KNOW SOMEONE, MEETING SOMEONE.
- I got to know her when we were on the same trip, last year.
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