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    Idiom meaning "you know your job"

    Hello guys, I am seeking an Idiom which would mean "you know your job"

    - Hello, have you heard that I'd passed that exam?
    - Oh, dude, you know your job

    I wonder if it sounds ok and can be used in this context if not I'd be happy to see what is the right way to convey this idea

    Thank you!

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    Re: Idiom meaning "you know your job"

    Hello Rin Power,

    Welcome to the forum.

    To use an English idiom correctly, will probably depend on where the other person is from.

    If they use British English (BrE), then to me, "Oh, dude, you know your job", does not work. It may, however, work in American English, or in any of the equally valid English variations from around the world. Members from those regions, may be able to provide you with an idiom which works for them.

    If the person you are addressing is a BrE speaker, and you know them well, the first colloquial thing that popped into my head was:

    "Well done mate! You certainly know your onions." https://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/know+your+onions.html


    That is very informal, and I have pitched the tone to match the very friendly one you used. It probably sounds bizarre as a phrase, but I think it's quite commonly used. It simply means that they are an expert in what they do, with a great deal of knowledge.

    A more formal way of saying it would be to replace, "Well done mate!", in my example, with "Congratulations!" or just "Well done!"

    Does that help?
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 10-Jul-2015 at 00:30. Reason: To edit text for clarity.

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    Re: Idiom meaning "you know your job"

    Perhaps "You really know your stuff" might work.
    But... it just sounds odd.
    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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    Re: Idiom meaning "you know your job"

    We also use that phrase in BrE, but usually in a slightly different context. It may be the same in AmE, perhaps, which might be why it seems odd to you to use it in this situation.

    "You really know your stuff", is used in BrE as a form of general praise when talking directly to, or about, a person or group of people:

    "Barb_D can write well, she really knows her stuff", or, if someone is another form of expert, or very skilled amateur, "Steve really knows his stuff when it comes to computers", or, "Wow! What an amazing collection, you really know your stuff.".

    We don't tend to use it when directly congratulating someone who has just specifically passed an exam.

    It's probably odd sounding because, in BrE, even though there is no real reason why we shouldn't say it in this context, we just probably wouldn't. I wouldn't naturally anyway.
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 10-Jul-2015 at 08:10. Reason: Removing typos and adding additional thoughts.

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    Re: Idiom meaning "you know your job"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rin Power View Post
    Hello guys, I am seeking an idiom which would mean "You know your job".

    - Hello, have you heard that I'd passed that exam?
    - Oh, dude, you know your job.

    I wonder if it sounds ok OK and can be used in this context. If not, I'd be happy to see what is the right way to convey this idea.

    Thank you!
    Remember to use punctuation at the ends of sentences.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Idiom meaning "you know your job"

    "Your know your job" doesn't work there for me in AmE.

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    Re: Idiom meaning "you know your job"

    Thanks everyone for answering. It helped me

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