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Old May 12, 2010, 12:12 PM
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I think that the first time I meet somebody, I use "meet", but since then on I must use "know". I mean, I've just met Paul / I knew Paul last year. Am I wrong?

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Old May 12, 2010, 12:38 PM
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"I met Paul last year" está bien; podría ser por primera vez o "Quedé con Paul el año pasado". "I got to know Paul last year" también está bien; eso es conocer en el sentido de llegar a conocer. "I knew Paul last year" me suena mal; lo podría interpretar como "El año pasado conocía a Paul, pero ahora es una persona distinta y ya no le conozco", pero eso no es algo que se dice con frecuencia.
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Old May 12, 2010, 12:38 PM
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I think that the first time I meet somebody, I use "meet", but since then on I must use "know". I mean, I've just met Paul / I knew Paul last year. Am I wrong?

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Yes and no. I always use meet = encontrar <> conocer

Me lo encontré/lo conocí por primera vez = I met him for first time...

Lo encontré/conocí en el museo = I met him at the museum.

I knew him from the museum = Lo conocí en el museo

I knew him at the museum

I met him at the museum

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I think that the first time I meet somebody, I use "meet", but since then on I must use "know". I mean, I've just met Paul / I knew Paul last year. Am I wrong?

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Yes you are right, but it is advisable to be less specific about the the time you knew Paul.
Example. I met Paul last year. I knew him then.

If you wish to be more specific about the time in the past you knew him, it would be better to say this. We saw each other a lot last year.
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Old May 12, 2010, 12:44 PM
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Yes and no. I always use meet = encontrar <> conocer

Me lo encontré/lo conocí por primera vez = I met him for first time...

Lo encontré/conocí en el museo = I met him at the museum.

I knew him from the museum = Lo conocí en el museo

I knew him at the museum

I met him at the museum

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I can't see the difference between "from the museum" and "at the museum". ¿Lo conozco (know) del museo, de verlo por allí, por ejemplo? / ¿Lo conocí (met) en el museo una tarde que me lo presentó mi vecino?

And what about "I know him since last year"?
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I think that the first time I meet somebody, I use "meet", but since then on I must use "know". I mean, I've just met Paul / I knew Paul last year. Am I wrong?

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Not it's more correct you use the word meet or met in pass, you only use the word know when you are almost sure that of something.

I know about the company.
That it's different if you say I met that company, this last word is incorrect.
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Crotalito, I met you once and now I know you (I think).
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And what about "I know him since last year"?
I have known him for one year / I have known him since January

with since, you always need the perfect tense.
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@Perikles:

@Irma: "At the museum" es en el lugar físico. "From the museum" es como si la persona hubiera sido parte del museo (alguien del personal, por ejemplo).
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"...at the museum.", the museum was where you met him.

"...from the museum." , you know him through visiting/working at the museum.
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