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    Command of/on/over

    "He has fully operational command of the language."
    Is this sentence correct? Should it not be 'command over' or 'command on...'
    The sentence is taken from the official documentation of IELTS (English language test) and is very unlikely to be wrong. Could someone please explain why it says 'command of' and not otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    "He has fully operational command of the language."
    Is this sentence correct? Should it not be 'command over' or 'command on...'
    The sentence is taken from the official documentation of IELTS (English language test) and is very unlikely to be wrong. Could someone please explain why it says 'command of' and not otherwise.
    It's perfectly correct. It's not a command meaning an order, like one in the army; it's the knowledge of something and the ability to use it (this usage of command is mainly related to the use of the term language).

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