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What's the difference between the following sentences:

1 It's known as the most dangerous part of the city.

2 It's known to be the most dangerous part of the city.

3 It's known for being the most dangerous part of the city.

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"known as" is usually followed by an alias / another name. As such, this verb is not suitable in your context.

From the Cambridge dictionary, the meaning of "known as" is:

If someone or something is known as a particular name, that person or thing is called by that name:
And this is Terry, otherwise known as "Muscleman".


"known for being" and "known to be" should be followed by a characteristic. As such, both are suitable in your context and there are no differences in their meanings.

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  • can't "the most dangerous part" be its name? like people actually calling it that? – coolguy Dec 20 '20 at 16:34
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    If it's the name then it must be capitalised This makes for a very long name but I suppose it's theoretically possible, e.g. "My address is, 21 Peril Street, The Most Dangerous Part, Gotham City, USA" !!! This does sound rather comical though. ;-) -- (Pun intended) – chasly - supports Monica Dec 20 '20 at 16:53
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1 It's known as the most dangerous part of the city.

2 It's known to be the most dangerous part of the city.

3 It's known for being the most dangerous part of the city.

Yours is not a good set of examples for understanding the difference. I offer the following:

Mr. John Johnson is known as Johnny (by his friends).
Mr. John Johnson is known to be grumpy.
Mr. John Johnson is known for his gardening skills.

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1: District X is known as the most dangerous part of the city
2: District X is known to be the most dangerous part of the city
(In this exact context, these two are more or less equivalent.)

Note that format #1 above is commonly used where what follows known as is in fact an alternative name, that might sometimes be enclosed in "scare quotes". We can't really interpret #1 as equivalent to "The most dangerous part of the city" is an alternative name for District X, but that interpretation would certainly work with District X is known as "Chinatown" (quotes optional).

There could also be some implication in #2 that establishing exactly which is the most dangerous area is a matter of some concern to the locals. They have therefore made significant efforts to establish that the answer is definitely "District X" (no-one doubts this fact).

3: District X is known for being the most dangerous part of the city
This version asserts that (one of) the best-known characteristics of District X is the fact of it being the most dangerous area - often with the strong implication that if it weren't so dangerous, most people wouldn't even know of the existence of District X.

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