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Are these correct sentences and can they be with or without "by"?

A child is someone who can call a duck a goose.

A child is someone who can call a duck by a goose.

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The first is correct. The second is not.

Ordinarily I would try and elaborate this answer with some attempt at creating a similar, but valid, sentence featuring "by", and explaining the difference in meaning from the first. However, in this case I can't envisage any similar sentence with "by", so I'm afraid I can think of nothing further to add.

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  • it can be said like that but it's weird, and it doesn't mean the first one, right? A child is someone who can be called a duck by a goose. – Boyep Feb 10 at 21:02
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    "A child is someone who can be called a duck by a goose" -- yes that is a correct sentence. It means something very different from the first though. In "A child is someone who can call a duck a goose", the child calls a duck a goose. In "A child is someone who can be called a duck by a goose", the goose calls the child a duck. – stevekeiretsu Feb 10 at 21:06
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You can call a duck a goose.

You can call a duck Henry

You can call a duck by the name (of) Henry

You can call a duck by the name of a goose.

You can call a duck by its own name, or by your brother's name.

You can call a duck by a rude name.

So call ... by ... is used only when what follows the "by" is phrase that contains the word "name". (Probably also with a synonym of "name").

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