Context: Are you fully knowledgeable of the subject, or are you falling into the common pitfalls?

I don't like having falling and pitfall together. I also think "experiencing the common pitfalls" is a little too formal for the context; I would prefer to keep a casual tone.


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You get the idea.

  • "caught up by the common pitfalls" is what I think I'll go with. Thanks!
    – Mike Cole
    May 7, 2014 at 15:16

I think if you're formal enough to use "fully knowledgeable of the subject", you're safe to use encountering, which has the connotation of meeting with adversity (such as a pitfall).

More casual phrasing might include meeting, experiencing, facing, running into, coming across, coming upon, chance upon, and happening upon.


The query sentence sounds pretty strained and unidiomatic. If I had the choice, I'd completely reword it:

Do you know everything about the subject, or are you falling into the usual traps?

(Incidentally, not being knowledgeable about a subject doesn't necessarily imply 'falling into pitfalls'.)

  • falling into traps
  • making rookie mistakes
  • making mountains out of molehills
  • I don't think "making mountains out of molehills" applies. I think it has a different meaning.
    – Mike Cole
    May 7, 2014 at 15:15
  • @MikeCole - if you are new at something like coding then you might work on something in such a way that you create 100s of lines of codes to do something, to only find from an experienced coder that there is indeed a function that already does it for you in one line of code. You made a mountain out of a molehill. May 7, 2014 at 15:48

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