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    understaning in/about, in/at the beginning

    Hi,

    Question:
    1) Should I say "understanding in or about"?
    2) Should I use "in or at the beginning" ?



    Sentence:
    I had no understanding in / about chemistry in / at the beginning.

    Thanks

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    Re: understaning in/about, in/at the beginning

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    1) Should I say "understanding in or about"?
    2) Should I use "in or at the beginning" ?



    Sentence:
    I had no understanding in / about chemistry in / at the beginning.

    Thanks
    I would prefer "of":
    I had no understanding of chemistry in/at the beginning.

    Either in or at would work, but generally you would say what it is the beginning of. Then it might make a difference, as in these sentences:
    I had no understanding of chemistry at the beginning of the course.
    I had no understanding of chemistry in the early stages of my medical training.

    The differences are subtle, though; I wouldn't worry about them too much.

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