1. You know, I'm a member of the cooking club.

(What is the role of 'You know' in this sentence?)

2. You know that I'm a member of the cooking club.

(Are #2 the same as #1? What is the difference between them in meaning?)

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    The comma you used correctly in #1 is because of rule #2c here. The words "You know" are just introductory; they indicate that the speaker assumes that the listener already knows the facts in the main clause of the sentence.

    Sentence 2 is stating what the speaker knows the listener knows; the only real difference is in pronunciation -- no pause after "know" as in #1.

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