Improve Your Vocabulary: KNOW, MEET, MEET WITH, or MEET UP?

Hello. My name is Emma, and in today’s video I am going
to teach you about the difference between “know” and “meet”. This is a very common mistake I
hear many, many students making. Okay. I’m also going to teach you
about the difference between “meet”, “meet with”,
or “meet up with”. Okay? And this, in case you’re wondering,
is the past tense of “meet”. Okay? So in this video
we’re going to talk about: “know”, “meet”, “meet up
with”, and “meet with”, and: What are the differences
between those different words? So let’s get started. So I have here four sentences. “I knew Chelsea last week.” And “knew” is the
past of “know”. “I met Chelsea last week.” “Met” is the past of “meet”. “I met with Chelsea last week.” and: “I met up with
Chelsea last week.” Do you know what the difference
between these sentences are? Are there any ones that have a mistake
in them or all these all good sentences? Okay, so take a moment
and think about it. Okay. So, let’s first look at the
difference between these two: “I knew Chelsea last week.” and
“I met Chelsea last week.” So I have here some pictures. Pictures can really help you remember things, and
they can really, you know, help make a point… A stronger point. So, let’s get started over here. We have “meet”, which is now
and the past, which is “met”. I have here two people. These people do not
know each other. It’s the first time
that they are talking. Okay? They don’t
know each other. So what do they say? They say: “Nice to meet you!” We use “meet” when we’re meeting
somebody for the first time. We use “meet” with strangers. Okay? So these guys, they don’t know each other and
now they are meeting for the first time. Okay, so these two, we could
say: “They met last week.” Meaning: The first
time they shook hands: “Hi. Nice to meet
you.” was last week. Now, compare this to “know” or “knew”,
which again, is the past tense. We have here two friends. Okay? We can call them David and Ken. They’re friends forever. Okay? They’ve been friends
for a very long time. In this case they
know each other. They have history. It’s not they’re meeting
for the first time. No. They met a long time ago. So if there’s history between two
people, they know each other. If there is no history between two people
and, you know, it’s their first time shaking hands, saying: “Nice to meet
you”, they meet each other. Okay? So this one we
would never say… This is a mistake I hear a lot. A lot of people say: “Oh. It’s nice to know you.” We don’t say that. Okay? Because “know” means you met the
person a long time ago and you’ve… You know, you have a
history together. For this, this is the first time,
we would use “meet” not “know”. Okay? So another thing I wanted to say on this
is a lot of the times you want to… You know, you want to talk about how long
has somebody been friends with somebody or how long has somebody had this
person for their teacher. So the… What we usually use is the present perfect,
so we often say how long we’ve known someone. Okay? So “known” is the
past participle of “know”. So what you can say
if somebody says: -“Oh. How long have you
known your husband for?” -“I’ve known my husband
for 10 years.” -“How long has Dave
known Ken for?” -“Dave has known Ken
for five years.” Okay? So, again, this is asking
about: How long is your history? How long have you
known each other for? Again, this is key English. It comes up a lot
in conversation. When you meet somebody, you know, and
there’s like a couple, you often say: “Oh. How long have
you known Bob for? How long have you known
Jennifer for?” Okay? So now let’s look at some of the
differences with “met”, or, sorry. “Meet”, “meet with”,
and “meet up with”. Okay, so quick question to you. We’ve just gone over the difference
between “know” and “met”. For these two: “I knew Chelsea last
week.”, “I met Chelsea last week.” which one do you
think is correct? Well, if you said number two:
“I met Chelsea last week.” that’s right. Oh, okay. “I met Chelsea last week.” This one is correct, because usually you know
somebody for a long time and we usually don’t use “knew” because it makes it sound like
the person has died or that you don’t know them anymore. So we usually use “know”
or we use “have known”. We don’t use “knew” a lot. So, what you could say is: “I have
known Chelsea since last week.” But if you’re talking about, like,
meeting first time, we would use “met”. “I met Chelsea last week.” Means: -“Nice to
meet you, Chelsea.” -“Nice to meet you, too.” Okay? So in general what you’re looking
for is “met” for a first time meeting. Now let’s look at these other
sentences and how we use them. Okay, so we’ve talked about “know” meaning you
have a history with somebody, and we talked about “meet” meaning
for the first time. Now, what’s the difference between:
“meet”, “meet with”, and “meet up with”? Let’s look at that now. So, I told you before “meet” has to do with
strangers meeting for the first time, or maybe they met a couple times but they
don’t know each other well. Each time they see each other: “Oh. It’s nice to meet you.” So, for example… This isn’t true, but just for this
example: “I met Taylor Swift twice.” This means Taylor Swift
has no idea who I am. Or maybe, you know, just
at that meeting we say: -“Hi. Nice to meet you. My name’s Emma.
What’s your name?” -“Oh, I’m Taylor Swift.” And then we see each other
maybe a couple years later: “Oh. It’s nice to
meet you again.” But we don’t know each other. Okay? We don’t have history together. We’ve only met two times. Now, compare this
to: “meet with”. “Meet with” is when we’re talking about usually
a business situation or some sort of formal situation where we’re talking about
some sort of serious matter. Okay? So, for example: “I met
with my professor today.” Or: “Tomorrow I will meet with my
boss to talk about our company.”, “Today I had a job interview. I met
with some people about the job.” So we’re usually talking about formal situations
when we use “meet with”, or again, this is the past: “met with”. Okay? So notice there is no “with” here,
because it’s the first time. Here, there is “with”, and it
just indicates a formal meeting. And for this one, you know, it
doesn’t have to be the first time. Maybe you’ve met with your boss a
hundred times before, so it can… It has a different
meaning than this. Okay, the next one:
“meet up with”. So, “meet up with” is another way to say
hang out or do something social with people. It’s fun or it should be fun. Okay? So usually it’s with friends, it
can be with other people, too. But when you meet up with somebody it’s
not a business meeting, it’s not formal. It’s you’re meeting for fun. So, for example: “I met up
with my friends tonight.” So, this is why people get really confused
by these things because when we just have “meet” with no prepositions after, it indicates
a first or second meeting where you don’t know the person. For “meet with” it indicates some sort of
formal situation, whereas “meet up with” is about a fun situation. It’s pretty much saying: “I’m
hanging out with somebody. I met up with my
friends tonight. I’m hanging out with
my friends tonight.” Okay? So, we’ve covered
a lot in this video. We’ve covered the difference
between “know” and “met”. Remember “know” is you have a history with
someone, “meet” is, you know, you’re pretty much strangers. We covered “meet” versus “meet
with” versus “meet up with”. So this is a lot of different concepts
and different vocabulary to remember. So what I would like
you to do is come check out our website
at, and there you can take a
quiz to really practice the differences between
these four different words and phrasal verbs. So I invite you to come
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for watching and take care.

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