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  1. CON-FUSED
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    word useage

    I'm having an argument with a family member on the useage of the word "knowledge" within the context of the following phrase/sentence: "She understands the knowledge better." --> This is grammactically incorrect, right?


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    Re: word useage

    Quote Originally Posted by CON-FUSED
    I'm having an argument with a family member on the useage of the word "knowledge" within the context of the following phrase/sentence: "She understands the knowledge better." --> This is grammactically incorrect, right?

    In my opinion, I will change "better" to "well". Is it correct?


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    Re: word useage

    In my opinion, that sentence should be: She understands it better than me
    Or:She understands it well.

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    Re: word useage

    It depends on the context- if it's clear that they are talking about some specific knowledge and it is also clear who the comparartive refers to, then it's OK. However, we don't use a definite article with 'knowledge' very much, and it might sound better to say the matter/topic/subject/issue, etc.

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    Re: word useage

    I don't like it. It sounds like something from a badly-dubbed Kung-Fu movie.

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    Re: word useage

    Welcome, CON-FUSED, Shihhungchou, Violeteyes, and Naughty Beef.

    In sum, "She understands the knowledge better" is ungrammatical. It's semantically awkward, as tdol mentions. In addition to tdol's list of more approriate words, I'll add, "information". And, yes, Shihhungchou, "better" works well in that context; that's if, the last part of the sentence has purposely been omitted for sake of efficiency:

    EX: She understands the information better [than she did last year /than I do/ than me].

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