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    Know the ropes vs knot the score

    Hi,

    Is the usage of on in the sentences below correct?

    "He knows the ropes on repairing cars."

    "She knows the score on cooking."

    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: Know the ropes vs knot the score

    On is appropriate for both, but neither is a natural sentence.
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    Re: Know the ropes vs knot the score

    Since those sentences are so unnatural I don't think it's possible to say whether 'on' is appropriate or not.
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    Re: Know the ropes vs knot the score

    I have a textbook called 1000 englische Redensarten (1000 English idioms). It includes the phrases in question and one of the examples is "he knows the score on lighting a barbecue." It seemed strange to me, thatīs why I asked.

    Thank you very much.
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    Re: Know the ropes vs knot the score

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    I have a textbook called 1000 englische Redensarten (1000 English idioms). It includes the phrases in question and one of the examples is "he knows the score on lighting a barbecue." It seemed strange to me, thatīs why I asked.

    Thank you very much.
    I would trust the book less for including that example. However, I do think that on is the natural choice of prepositions for that construction.
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