Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

know-how

know-how
Meaning(s)
1) practical knowledge, ability, or skill to do something
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    • have the know-how to do something
  • Analysis
    This expression refers to methods or techniques of how to do something in an efficient way, especially something technical or practical that requires aptitude or skill. 'Know-how' is usually something learned, or acquired through experience. It is most commonly used in a professional context but applies to certain social situations too, such as in relation to fixing something. Phrases with a similar meaning include 'the knack of,' and 'business savvy.' 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Fixing a computer requires a lot of know-how. I'll give it a try, but I'm not sure I'll be able to do it.
    2. I wish I had the know-how to be able to fix my car, instead of getting expensive mechanics all the time!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We do not have the technical know-how to deal with the problem, so we may need to look for an outside solution.
    2. The know-how that our most experienced members of staff bring to the table is invaluable, and helps to ensure that things run in a smooth, efficient manner.
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