gaining understanding

This entry was created in response to a student writing:

These learners can gain better understand of the

The link is http://ske.li/es1 and looks like this:

Clearly, this is rather formulaic in structure (though perhaps the most typical way of saying this). Other nouns & adjectives can occur here, as shown in this link http://ske.li/gain_insight, which looks like this:

Although gain understanding appears the most common realisation of this phrase, other verbs occur, too. To show a student some of these, this link has been created http://ske.li/attain_understanding and looks like this:

NB this phrase tends to be used in contexts where the writer is talking about aims, potential etc. which seems an important thing to point out to any learner writer who wants to use it.

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