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    #1

    by vs under

    Are both of these sentenes correct?

    You may know him by the name of John Doe.

    You may know him under the name of John Doe.

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    Re: by vs under

    Neither a teacher nor a native speaker

    - I know him under the name of John Doe

    John Doe isn't his real name. Perhaps it is his pen name or whatever.

    I 'm not sure about the first sentence, sorry

    I'll keep an eye on this mail to find out about it.
    Last edited by Tdol; 24-Apr-2015 at 13:18.

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    Re: by vs under

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Are both of these sentenes correct?

    You may know him by the name of John Doe.

    You may know him under the name of John Doe.

    Thanks.
    The first sentence is correct and usual.
    The second is disputable. I would not use it.
    However you could use "under the name [of] John Doe" in other contexts:
    He may be listed under the name John Doe.
    Perhaps he registered under the name John Doe.

    I've searched for him under the name John Doe.

    Maybe, but preferably not:
    * I knew her under her maiden name. [by]
    *He's known in prison under his alias, John Doe. [by]
    *I know him under his other name. [by]

    And definitely not:
    *Do you call him under the name John Doe? [by]
    Last edited by Raymott; 21-Feb-2010 at 02:59.

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