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I wonder if we can use the form "known from" instead of "known for" (saving the same meaning, of course).

For example: "NY is known from its beautiful Empire State Building"
instead of "NY is known for its beautiful Empire State Building".

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Does your research bear out that phrase, "known from"? Please share the results of your research in your question. – Kristina Lopez Apr 2 '13 at 17:38

No, they have different meanings.

  • Known for means (most) famous for, so that's OK with the Empire State Building
    since that is something that NYC is famous for.

  • Known from is quite different; it refers to the original source(s) of the information, as in
    Hittite is known from cuneiform inscriptions from the 16th to the 13th Centuries B.C.

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+1 This answer has a Lawler weight of around 1.38. That may be a new record. – MετάEd Apr 2 '13 at 19:44

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