Results 1 to 5 of 5
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine

    • Join Date: Oct 2013
    • Posts: 157
    #1

    up on his geography

    be well up in/on something
    informal
    to know a lot about something:
    Conradís really up on his geography, isnít he?
    (LDOCE)

    Hello.
    How can I understand the possessive pronoun here?
    Thanks.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 24,499
    #2

    Re: up on his geography

    The geography curriculum that Conrad is studying, as opposed to his knowledge of geography in general.

  1. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,868
    #3

    Re: up on his geography

    Just for once, I find myself disagreeing with Rover. I hear (and use) "up on my/his/her + subject" simply to mean "knowledgeable about".

    Q: What does laissez-faire mean?
    A: I don't know, sorry. I'm not really up on my French.

    Q: Are you coming to the pub quiz on Saturday?
    A: Yes, and this time I'm really up on my current affairs.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  2. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,134
    #4

    Re: up on his geography

    I'm with ems on this one.

    I think that Rover's interpretation is possible in speech, but the 'his' would have to be heavily stressed. W'd need a lot of context for it to work in writing.

  3. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #5

    Re: up on his geography

    Quote Originally Posted by Vik-Nik-Sor View Post
    be well up in/on something
    informal
    to know a lot about something:
    Conrad’s really up on his geography, isn’t he?
    (LDOCE)

    Hello.
    How can I understand the possessive pronoun here?
    Thanks.
    I agree with emsr. For your understanding, that construction actually means "up on his (knowledge of) geography".

Similar Threads

  1. geography
    By alyssabc in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 17-Apr-2008, 10:58
  2. geography
    By alyssabc in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 17-Apr-2008, 01:30
  3. geography
    By alyssabc in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 14-Apr-2008, 17:50
  4. geography
    By alyssabc in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-Apr-2008, 22:41
  5. Geography
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-Feb-2004, 03:31

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •