reliable source

pari

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Is this phrase colloquial?
'I know it from a reliable source'.. or it's better 'I know it for sure/from a sure sorce'
 
  • maxiogee

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    pari said:
    Is this phrase colloquial?
    'I know it from a reliable source'.. or it's better 'I know it for sure/from a sure sorce'
    A reliable source is a colloquial phrase - and it does not mean that "I know it for sure". It means I am trusting someone else. It is a degree of certainty below "I know it for sure".

    I saw the crash. The red car was on the wrong side of the road.
    (I know for sure that the red car was on the wrong side of the road.)

    John saw the crash. John is usually an observant person. He says the red car was on the wrong side of the road.
    (I have it from a reliable source that the red car was on the wrong side of the road.)

    The policeman tells me that John's brother was driving the other car! Oooops. My "reliable source" is still reliable, but might be wrong.
     
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