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    The following sentence is taken from a test paper:

    Some people may know little about football, but when it comes to the Golden Ball winner Kaka, they must be familiar with him.

    I suspect the second part of the sentence should be 'they must know a lot about him'. And 'be familiar with him' is wrongly used here. Am I right?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: be familiar with sb

    The sentence is right.

    It means that people may not be very familiar with football but when it comes to Kaka (a football player or a sportsman), they may recognise him.

    Be familiar with means to Recognize.

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    Default Re: be familiar with sb

    Quote Originally Posted by shalstudent View Post
    The sentence is right.

    It means that people may not be very familiar with football but when it comes to Kaka (a football player or a sportsman), they may recognise him.

    Be familiar with means to Recognize.
    Macmillan:
    familiar 3: behaving in an informal and friendly way towards someone you do not know very well especially so that they feel you do not respect them: Don't be too familiar with customers.

    According to the explanation of the dictionary, I thought the 'familiar with him' in my original post was wrong.

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: be familiar with sb

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Macmillan:
    familiar 3: behaving in an informal and friendly way towards someone you do not know very well especially so that they feel you do not respect them: Don't be too familiar with customers.

    According to the explanation of the dictionary, I thought the 'familiar with him' in my original post was wrong.

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    Shalstudent has given you the correct definition.

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    Default Re: be familiar with sb

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    The following sentence is taken from a test paper:

    Some people may know little about football, but when it comes to the Golden Ball winner Kaka, they must be familiar with him.

    I suspect the second part of the sentence should be 'they must know a lot about him'. And 'be familiar with him' is wrongly used here. Am I right?

    Thank you in advance.
    It's fine.

    be familiar with =

    know
    know of
    recognized
    be acquainted with
    know something about

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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