11 Collocations with Know

In this post you will learn English collocations with Know.  Collocations are expressions of two and more words that go together just like magnets.

Know (knew, known) is one of the most popular verbs in English. We can use the verb TO KNOW with:

  • a noun phrase
  • wh- clause
  • that clause
  • how+ to-infinitive
  • object + to-infinitive
  • on its own 
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11 Collocations with Know

The following is a list of well known (something everyone should know) and easy to learn English expressions and collocations with KNOW.

KNOW NOTHING / KNOW SOMETHING

Both positive and negative responses when asked about an event.

Example:

I am sorry, I know nothing about that.

Yes, I know something that might be of help.

KNOW WHERE

Used when asking about the location of somebody or something.

Example:

Do you know where the care keys are?

Do you know where Jonny is he is not in his office?

KNOW ABOUT

Asking for some information or some news that has happened.

Example:

Do you know about the new timetable?

Do you know about the election next week?

KNOW INTIMATELY

To know something or somebody intimately is to know them or it really really well.

Example:

Michael and Karen know each other intimately they have been in a relationship now for 3 years.

IN-DEPTH KNOWLEDGE

Similar to intimately but usually refers to a business or a particular topic.

Intimately normally used to refer to people and their relationships.

Example:

He has an in-depth knowledge of the online marketing opportunities. He has set up many online businesses so knows where they fail and where they succeed.

KNOW SOMETHING INSIDE OUT

We use this expression when somebody is very familiar with a topic, a location or an organisation.

Example:

Why don’t you ask Patrick he knows this company inside out. He has been working here for 20 years.

I have studied for this history exam now for 3 weeks I think I can say I know it inside out. Bring it on!! (I cannot wait for it to start)

11 Collocations with Know

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KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG

The problems of raising children. We spend our life trying to educate and train them and guide and direct them. In summary, we can say we try to teach them to know right from wrong (the right thing to do and what not to do).

Example:

He was seventeen but he still did not seem to know right from wrong. His parents were constantly telling him.

KNOW FOR CERTAIN

When you believe you are absolutely right about something.

Example:

I know for certain that they will reject the offer. They have rejected our previous 2 offers. They simply do not want to do a deal.

I HONESTLY DON’T KNOW

You would really like to help somebody but sometimes you just don’t have the information that they want.

Example:

I am sorry, I cannot help you. I honestly don’t know where you can find that information. It is beyond me (I don’t know).

LET ME KNOW

A frequent request when we ask for help or when we are expecting something.

Example:

Let me know when that package arrives please, I am waiting for it.

Let me know when you know.(share the information as soon as you know please)

TO BE IN THE KNOW

To be in the know means to know what is going on. To have information, perhaps, other people do not have that puts you at a distinct advantage.

Example:

He works in local government. He knows everything about the planning issues. He is in the know. You would do well to keep in touch with him. If anybody can help, he can.

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