With well known and famous, you need to be careful of the preposition you use. Today, let’s have a look at these words using for and as:
Use well known and famous with as when the words after as describe what the subject of the sentence is. For example, New York City is famous as a tourist destination. We could say that New York City is a tourist destination, so using as makes sense. Here are a few more examples:
- Central Park is well known as a place for New Yorkers to enjoy nature. Central Park is a place…
- Times Square is famous as a sightseeing spot. Times Square is a sightseeing spot.
Use well known and famous with for when the words after for describe the thing that makes the subject of the sentence well known or famous. For example, New York City is famous for its tall buildings. We could say that New York City has many tall buildings, so using for makes sense. Here are a few more examples:
- Central Park is well known for its trees, grass, and hills. Central Park contains trees, grass, and hills…
- Times Square is famous for Broadway theaters and great restaurants. There are many Broadway theaters and great restaurants in Times Square.
What is your city well known as? What is it famous for?
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