Is there a word to describe having good command of the English language? The kind of word that could be listed as an attribute?

closed as general reference by MetaEd, FumbleFingers, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者, Rory Alsop, Zairja Oct 19 '12 at 20:37

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    General Reference - fluent, articulate, eloquent etc. – FumbleFingers Oct 19 '12 at 20:22
  • Doh... brain fart I guess. – user21674 Oct 19 '12 at 20:23
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    @FumbleFingers: Not exactly the easiest thing to Google, unless you already know the words. – Robert Harvey Oct 19 '12 at 20:24
  • Yes, maybe this is a poor question or a poorly phrased one, but I disagree with the fact that that is general reference, – user19148 Oct 19 '12 at 20:39
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    @FumbleFingers Actually, due to divine intervention, the ELL proposal has been re-opened. – tchrist Oct 19 '12 at 22:15

Have you already thought to "mastery" ("n. Full command of a subject of study: Her mastery of economic theory impressed the professors. n. Expert knowledge or skill; power of using or exercising; dexterity: as, the mastery of an art or science.")?

Reading the above definitions, it seems you could say something like this: "Do you have mastery of English language?" or "Her mastery of English language impressed the professors."


There is not a unique word to describe this. If the person only has a good command of English, the simplest is "functional in English". If that is not strong enough, go with "fluent".