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    understanding

    Hi.

    I would like to know the difference in the meaning when the word understanding is used with in or of as below;

    It is important to have understanding in the religion.
    It is important to have understanding of the religion.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: understanding

    First, I think you need an article before "understanding": It is important to have an understanding ....

    I do not understand the "in the religion" context. I believe the most clear phrase would be "an understanding of the religion."

    By using "the religion" instead of simply "religion" I must assume you wish to specify a particular cult or sect. Because I could say, "Even for an atheist, it is important to have an undestanding of religion" - meaning of the whole concept of religious faith.

    However, if you were speaking of one specific religion, you would use "the religion" as in this example: "Before one converts to Catholocism, it is important to have an understanding of the religion."

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    Re: understanding

    Hi jlinger.
    Thanks for your kind advice.
    I understand I should have put the article before understanding.
    Yes, I meant a specific religion in the example sentence so put the before religion.
    So does it mean we should always use of in the same kind of context?
    I just saw a sentence with in although I do not know if it was written by a native English speaker.

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    Re: understanding

    If you had understanding in religion, it could refer to how much religion understands and not how much we understand it.

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