känna till

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känna till (present känner till, preterite kände till, supine känt till, imperative känn till)

  1. to be aware of, to know of
    Jag känner till honom, men jag vet inte så mycket om honom
    I know of him, but I don't know that much about him
    Jag kände inte till hans andra familj
    I wasn't aware of his other family
    Jag kände inte till att han varit polis
    I wasn't aware of / didn't know that he had been a cop
    Jag kände inte till att 1 + 1 är 2
    I wasn't aware / didn't know that 1 + 1 equals 2

Usage notes[edit]

The basic meaning is to be aware of the existence of something, whether that something is a fact, piece of information, or something more concrete, like a person. As a translation that just captures the meaning, "be aware of" should always work.

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