Imagine you came to a place where you suddenly remembered you had seen before. In this situation;

Can I say "I know here"?

Or do I have to say "I know this place."

In other words, can I say "I know here." to mean "I know this place."

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    No, it's not idiomatic. Without context it means very little. Feb 24, 2022 at 14:44
  • You would be understood in that context, but I doubt a native speaker would say it. Feb 24, 2022 at 14:48
  • @Ethan Bolker, Thanks for the comment. What would a native speaker say in that context?
    – Yunus
    Feb 24, 2022 at 14:49
  • "You would be understood in that context." That is potentially far fetched, "I know here" sounds like substantially broken English to me.
    – Eli Harold
    Feb 24, 2022 at 14:52
  • @EliHarold 's answer is what a native speaker might say. His comment here is right - essentially the same as mine: understood, but strange. Feb 24, 2022 at 14:56

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I know here.

is not idiomatic at all. The only good way I can think to say this is, in fact:

I know this place.

Alternatives that are commonly used with slightly different meanings would include:

I have been here before.


I have seen this place before.

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