know / meet

Meet has two meanings:

  • When you have first contact with a person:

    “I met him last year.” (NOT “I knew him last year.”)

  • When you will encounter someone you already know. In this case, we often use “meet with” or “meet up with”:

    “I’m meeting up with some friends at the bar after work.”

    Know has two different meanings/uses:

  • With knowledge and skills in general:

    “He knows everything about computers.”

  • With knowing people in general:

    “Do you know Janet? She’s in the advanced English class.”

    “No, I don’t think I know her.”