General Writing and Grammar Help/Word "Renowned"


Hi Sally,

could you please explain to me the use of the word "renowned"?

I know that one can use the word as follows:
The club became renowned for helping the poor.
Tourists can visit renowned attractions in the city.
The company is renowned as an industry leader.

But can you also say:
New York is renowned for its cultural attractions?
or is it better to say:
New York is well known for its cultural attractions?

Thank you


Guten Tag!

These are both "correct" regarding grammar and usage. However, natives would usually say it the second way.
1. New York is renowned for its cultural attractions.

2. New York is well-known for its cultural attractions.

I added the hyphen between "well" and "known" because that is correct, but almost no one remembers to use the correct hyphens, so you will often see the words together with no hyphen.

Best to you. Please rate my response.


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