I'm writing a proposal and I require a substitute for the words "basic understanding" as I have already used it.
The sentence is:

"Students who attend this lesson should walk away with ________________ (a basic understanding) of...".

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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1 Answer 1


Acquaintance/familiarity may work.

"Students who attend this lesson should walk away with (basic) acquaintance/familiarity with ...".
"Students who attend this lesson should walk away acquainted/familiarized with ...".


acquaintance noun
1b :  personal knowledge :  familiarity : had no acquaintance with the facts of the case

While he has some acquaintance with the subject, he is not an expert.

familiarize verb
2:  to make well acquainted : familiarize students with good literature

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