knowledge collocations

knowledge collocations


denies knowledge

He claims that he knew nothing about the decision to sell the land cheaply to a private developer. He denies all knowledge of the affair.

provide knowledge

This small booklet provides background knowledge to the school.

broaden knowledge

The best way to broaden your knowledge of world affairs is to read a good newspaper every day.

live with knowledge

He has a serious heart condition. I don’t know how he manages to live with the knowledge that he might have a heart attack at any moment.

use knowledge

An occasion may arise when you can use your knowledge of French. You never know when it might come in handy.

have knowledge

Many of these students do not have much knowledge of the history of their own country.

common knowledge

You didn’t know that Sue and Bill were having an affair? But we’ve all known about it for months now. It’s been common knowledge for ages!

working knowledge

We’re looking for someone with a good working knowledge of information systems.

general knowledge

How good is your general knowledge?

prior knowledge

Do I need any previous knowledge of computing in order to join the course?

>No, it’s an introductory course and requires no prior knowledge whatsoever.

basic knowledge

With a basic knowledge of Italian, you should be able to order a meal in a restaurant in Rome.

wide knowledge

Through years of study he has acquires a wide knowledge of painting and music.

specialist knowledge

It needs specialist knowledge to repair most electronic equipment.

full knowledge

The documentary about the Royals was made with the King’s full knowledge and approval.


To my knowledge. No one knew what Robert was far as me.

Has he resigned? >Not to my knowledge. Not as far as I know.

I was annoyed when he took the car without my knowledge. I didn’t know.

With our alarms you can go out, secure in the knowledge that your house is safe. Confident.

I don’t think Desmond has applied for the job – at least not to my knowledge.

I think we can all sleep safely in our beds tonight, secure in the knowledge that the killer is now behind bars.

If I find out that someone used my computer without my knowledge, I won’t rest till I find out who it was.



  • In ‘The best way to broaden your knowledge of world affairs is to read a good newspaper every day’, ‘expand’ is also possible.

In ‘To my knowledge. No one knew what Robert was far as me’, We can also say ‘to the best of my knowledge’.

  • Enough knowledge to be something is described as ‘background or working knowledge’:

You don't need to be an expert, but we do expect you to have a good working knowledge of spreadsheets.

  • Note how we describe having a lot of knowledge of something:

An in-depth of databases is not necessary as training will be given.

As a policeman You should possess detailed knowledge of certain aspects of the law.

The prime minister's personal secretary has an intimate knowledge of the Inner working of the government.

  • Note how we say somebody knows more than anybody else about something:

His knowledge of Scottish football is unrivalled.

  • A ‘general knowledge quiz’ is a competition with questions on a very wide range of topics.



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