kunna

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Faroese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse kunna, from Proto-Germanic *kunnaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵn̥néh₃-.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

at kunna (third person singular past indicative kundi, third person plural past indicative kundu, supine kunnað)

  1. can, to be able to
  2. to know

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse kunna, from Proto-Germanic *kunnaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵn̥néh₃-.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

kunna (preterite-present verb, third-person singular present indicative kann, third-person singular past indicative kunni, supine kunnað)

  1. (with accusative) to know, to be able to, to know how to
    Kanntu þetta?
    Do you know this?

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse kunna, from Proto-Germanic *kunnaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵn̥néh₃-.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

kunna

  1. can, to be able to
  2. to know, to have as knowledge
  3. to know, to understand
  4. to know how to do

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Usage notes[edit]

The English verb know has several different translations in Swedish, and the correct choice is not always obvious:

  • veta -- This is used mainly about theoretical knowledge (to know individual facts), while kunna also assumes ability, or even proficiency in the use of the knowledge.
  • veta om -- To be aware of.
  • känna -- To know about a person or their intentions (also: to recognize someone, to know someone's name).
  • känna till -- About knowing a (small) specific piece of fact; be (loosely) aware of. May indicate that the facts are a bit distant or less important to the person.