have ample or an ample knowledge

Discussion in 'English Only' started by edwar f, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. edwar f Member

    argentina spanish
    What is the best way to write that expression?

    I´d like to show that a person has a more than sufficient knowledge about a subject, in a cover letter for executive position

    I have an ample knowledge ...
    I have ample knowledge ...


    PS: If you know a better wording for that purpose, please tell me.
  2. MuttQuad

    MuttQuad Senior Member

    New York, NY
    English - AmE
    If it applies, "I have extensive Knowledge. . . " would sound better.
  3. sandpiperlily

    sandpiperlily Senior Member

    edwar f, could you please give us the full sentence that you're writing?

    In general, I prefer "I have ample knowledge..." without the an.
  4. edwar f Member

    argentina spanish

    I´d like to use it in a cover letter, beggining a sentence like:

    I have ample knowledge of XXX (company name) activities ...

    PS: previously I tried "... extensive knowledge..." but sounded quite arrogant to me.
  5. sandpiperlily

    sandpiperlily Senior Member

    Don't worry too much about sounding arrogant in a cover letter -- if your knowledge is truly extensive, then you can go ahead and say so. :D
  6. edwar f Member

    argentina spanish
    Sandpiperliliy, you asked me to write the full sentence, and I did it.
    Do you go for "ample" instead of "an ample" then'
    Thank you in advance.
  7. sandpiperlily

    sandpiperlily Senior Member

  8. Parla Senior Member

    New York City
    English - US
    No "an". Knowledge is an uncountable.
  9. EStjarn

    EStjarn Senior Member

    For some reason 'ample' does not usually collocate with 'knowledge', according to searches on BNC and COCA: zero hits for 'ample knowledge' in either corpora. 'Extensive' is on the other hand a quite common collocate. If you don't like it, 'comprehensive' might be an alternative.

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