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    Looking for an idiom that means “inexperienced or lacking knowledge"

    Hi,

    I’m looking for a bunch of idioms which mean to be inexperienced in something or lacking the correct knowledge.

    The only one I’ve been able to think of so far is “out of my depth” but I would prefer a bunch of them to be able to pick the right one. If anyone can think of any others I’d be very grateful!

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Looking for an idiom that means “inexperienced or lacking knowledge"

    In over one's head
    Wet behind the ears
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Looking for an idiom that means “inexperienced or lacking knowledge"

    If someone is green/a greenhorn, they are inexperienced.

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    #4

    Re: Looking for an idiom that means “inexperienced or lacking knowledge"

    Novice, newbie and rookie have a similar meaning, according to dictionaries.

    Not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: Looking for an idiom that means “inexperienced or lacking knowledge"

    "Shortcomings" = "a lack of knowledges"

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    #6

    Re: Looking for an idiom that means “inexperienced or lacking knowledge"

    Shortcomings often means someone has character or personal issues like laziness or a bad attitude; it's not good to use that for someone who is merely inexperienced.

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    #7

    Re: Looking for an idiom that means “inexperienced or lacking knowledge"

    Quote Originally Posted by Emmanuel Chevassus View Post
    "Shortcomings" = "a lack of knowledges"
    "Knowledge" is not countable.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #8

    Re: Looking for an idiom that means “inexperienced or lacking knowledge"

    A tyro

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    #9

    Re: Looking for an idiom that means “inexperienced or lacking knowledge"

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam_C View Post
    lacking the correct knowledge.
    'Ignorant' means 'having no knowledge or awareness of something or of things in general'── quoted from http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/american-english/ignorant?q=ignorant

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    #10

    Re: Looking for an idiom that means “inexperienced or lacking knowledge"

    But ignorant often has a negative connotation and can be insulting.

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