kennen

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

PIE root
*ǵneh₃-

From Old Dutch *kennen, from Proto-Germanic *kannijaną.

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kennen ‎(past singular kende, past participle gekend)

  1. To know (a person, a thing), be acquainted with
  2. (colloquial, dialectal) can; to be able (by a merger with kunnen)

Conjugation[edit]

Inflection of kennen (weak)
infinitive kennen
past singular kende
past participle gekend
infinitive kennen
gerund kennen n
verbal noun
present tense past tense
1st person singular ken kende
2nd person sing. (jij) kent kende
2nd person sing. (u) kent kende
2nd person sing. (gij) kent kende
3rd person singular kent kende
plural kennen kenden
subjunctive sing.1 kenne kende
subjunctive plur.1 kennen kenden
imperative sing. ken
imperative plur.1 kent
participles kennend gekend
1) Archaic.

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

PIE root
*ǵneh₃-

From Old High German kennan, from Proto-Germanic *kannijaną ‎(to know). Cognate to Dutch kennen, English and Scots ken ‎(to know).

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kennen ‎(strong, third-person singular simple present kennt, past tense kannte, past participle gekannt, past subjunctive kennte, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to know; to be acquainted with; to be familiar with

Usage notes[edit]

  • Although the senses of both kennen and wissen are covered by English “to know”, the two German verbs are only occasionally interchangeable. Wissen is used with facts and memorized information (“to be aware of”), whereas kennen is used with people, places, concepts, etc. (“to be familiar with”). As a fallible rule of thumb, one can say that wissen corresponds to English “to know” + subclause and “to know of”, while kennen corresponds to “to know” + direct object.
  • The past subjunctive kennte is very rare in contemporary German. It should be used with great caution even in the most formal register.

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Low German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

PIE root
*ǵneh₃-

Cognate with German and Dutch kennen, English ken.

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kennen

  1. (transitive) to know (someone); to be acquainted with
  2. (transitive) to know (some fact); to have knowledge of

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  • (to know a fact): weten

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Luxembourgish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

PIE root
*ǵneh₃-

From Old High German kennan, from Proto-Germanic *kannijaną. Cognate with German kennen, Dutch kennen, English ken.

Pronunciation[edit]

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kennen ‎(past participle kannt, auxiliary verb hunn)

  1. (transitive) to know

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