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    Referred to by & Referred by

    Hi, may I know the difference between "Referred to by & Referred by" ?

    1) My daughter was referred by her school dentist to seek a quotation for her dental braces.

    2) The blog was also referred to by The BBC and CNN.

    I thought we always have to use refer + to?

    Please advise, thanks!

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    Re: Referred to by & Referred by

    Quote Originally Posted by lesjaime View Post
    My daughter was referred by her school dentist to seek a quotation for her dental braces.
    The 'to' is not necessarily uttered:

    A hospital consultant to a patient: Good Morning, Mrs Jones. I see you have been referred (to me) by Dr Blathers.

    However, your sentence is odd. I would have expected one of these:

    My daughter was recommended by her school dentist to seek...
    My daughter was referred by her school dentist to a specialist to seek...


    If this took place in the UK, it is even more odd - dental braces are free for schoolchildren.

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