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    Default 'known to' and 'known by'

    Hello, everyone!

    I have a question as to the difference between 'known to' and 'known by.'

    I visited the Biritish National Corpus, and searched these expressions above.
    I've found out :

    1. 'Somebody' is known to 'Somebody else'.
    2. 'Somebody (or Something)' is known by 'Name - nickname, acronym...etc.'
    3. 'Something - information, facts...etc' is known by 'Somebody.'

    However...it's been hard for me to find :

    'Somebody' is known by 'Somebody else.'

    Is it wrong to say, for example, "Lady Gaga is known by many people around the world.'?

    Thank you in advance!

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    Default Re: 'known to' and 'known by'

    Yes, it is Ok. You can say like that.

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    Default Re: 'known to' and 'known by'

    Quote Originally Posted by trueheart_205 View Post
    Yes, it is Ok. You can say like that.
    Please note the forum rule, trueheart:

    Replying in the Ask a Teacher section

    You are welcome to reply to any of the questions posted in the Ask a Teacher Forum, even if you are not a teacher. In fact, your answers and contributions are most welcome. However, please ensure you state clearly in your post that you are not teacher.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: 'known to' and 'known by'

    Quote Originally Posted by trueheart_205 View Post
    Yes, it is Ok. You can say like that.
    I really appreciate your reply.
    Thank you!

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    Default Re: 'known to' and 'known by'

    Quote Originally Posted by trueheart_205 View Post
    Yes, it is Ok. You can say IT like that. Or just 'you can say that'
    (When your own grasp of English is imperfect, it is all the more important to say that you're not a teacher. )

    tsujimino - you might also like to look in BNC for the collocation 'known to someone' - commonly used with reference to the authorities: 'He has been known to the police for several years'.

    b

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