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    By hearsay

    Is this expression correct in the context?

    "I know her only by hearsay"

    I want to mean that he doesn't know the woman personally, but he is used to hear what people say about her, so he knows her name, her profession, how she behaves etc. (be it good o bad).

    If the expression is wrong, please tell me a right way to represent this idea. Thanks.

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    Re: By hearsay

    Hearsay is used with things like information, facts, allegation, evidence, rumour, gossip, etc which are not verified.
    With people, you can say: I have heard about her but I don't really know her.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: By hearsay

    There is nothing wrong with your sentence. It means that all you know about her came from other people.

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    Re: By hearsay

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    There is nothing wrong with your sentence. It means that all you know about her came from other people.
    "Know about someone" and "know someone" are quite different.

    I know about President Obama but I cannot say I know President Obama.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: By hearsay

    Read the original sentence. It is the speaker's opinion that is the main point.

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    Re: By hearsay

    Thanks, tedmc. As there's wisdom in rectifying, I rewrite my sentence this way: "I simply know about her by hearsay".
    Does it have sense for you and MikeNewYork now?

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    Re: By hearsay

    I think your original is better.

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