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    #1

    common sense / common knowledge

    Hi all,

    Are "common sense" and "common knowledge" same in meaning?
    It seems to me that a person who doesn't know Africa is a continent rather than a nation lack common knowledge rather than common sense.

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    #2

    Re: common sense / common knowledge

    They are unrelated ideas.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: common sense / common knowledge

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Hi all.

    Are "common sense" and "common knowledge" the same in meaning?
    It seems to me that a person who doesn't know Africa is a continent rather than a nation lacks common knowledge rather than common sense.

    OP
    I would say they lack "general knowledge".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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