Grammar Patterns

N at n

The 'expert' group

These nouns indicate that someone is good or experienced at a particular activity. We include here novice, which indicates that someone is not experienced at a particular activity.
If you're a dab hand at DIY, why not try building a bed on a platform?
The man's an expert at what he does.
The preposition at is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
Dickens was a genius at creating characters of great depth and this film is peppered with them.
  • dab hand
  • expert
  • genius
  • master
  • novice
  • old hand
  • past master
  • whizz
  • wizard
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