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Hi,

1) What would be another way of saying - "I need to fill in the gaps in my knowledge of engineering." Let's say that I'm new at it.

2) "Was there any new exposition in the lecture?" If we just had a seminar before a lecture and I wanted to know if a new topic was covered, could I use the sentence above? I know how to say it in a different way, but I'm curious about this particular example. I came across it in a book and I was wondering if it could be used in real life or if it sounds too formal.

Thank you.

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I need to fill the gaps in my knowledge of engineering.

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2) "Was there any new exposition in the lecture?"

Yes, this is not natural. More common is eg Did she talk about anything new?

Clive

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Thanks. What about my first question? Any suggestions?

I accidentally wrote ‘fill in’ instead of just ‘fill’. Is there any other way to say the same thing?

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What about my first question? Any suggestions? Perhaps eg I need to broaden my grasp of engineering.

I accidentally wrote ‘fill in’ instead of just ‘fill’. Is there any other way to say the same thing Improve ?

What a coincidence. I also thought of ‘broaden my grasp’ and a few others. I just wanted to know what you’d come up with.

As for your answering my question with ‘improve’, I’m not sure if it was an attempt at a joke, but it was slightly uncalled for. I can’t always think of ten other alternatives for a word off the top of my head.

If you actually meant replacing ‘fill the gaps’ with ‘improve’, I apologize for misinterpreting your answer. I’m actually kind of afraid to post questions here these days for fear of how you might react or what you might tell me.

Thank you again for your help.

As for your answering my question with ‘improve’, I’m not sure if it was an attempt at a joke,It wasn't. My jokes are funnier. Emotion: wink

but it was slightly uncalled for. I can’t always think of ten other alternatives for a word off the top of my head. You misunderstood me. I meant you could consider saying "I need to improve the gaps in my knowledge".

If you actually meant replacing ‘fill the gaps’ with ‘improve’, I apologize for misinterpreting your answer. No problem!


I’m actually kind of afraid to post questions here these days for fear of how you might react or what you might tell me. Please don't be afraid! We who answer queries here are all volunteers who simply enjoy helping people.

Clive

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Thank you so much. I feel much calmer now about posting new questions. I really appreciate your help with everything so far.