Tell me please, how it is correct to say:

"He knows English at basic level"


"He knows English on basic level"?

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    "at basic level" is educational jargon, not how the "man in the street" would say it. The lay person would say "He knows basic English" or "He has a basic command of English".
    – TimR
    Nov 15, 2016 at 23:08
  • It is very important to understand that in English, we use a determiner before a noun. This can be a quantifier like "many", or an article like "a" or "the", or a possessive like "their"; there are many kinds, but in either of your sentences, level needs one. See this link. Nov 15, 2016 at 23:22

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The usual wording is

He knows English at a basic level.

Both of your wordings are easily understood (and difficult to misunderstand), but are not those of a native English speaker.

  • Are you a native English speaker? What does "wording" mean? I have never seen such form for "word".
    – Cherry
    Nov 15, 2016 at 23:38
  • @Cherry "Wording" and "phrasing" are both very commonly used English words. An easy way to learn what "wording" means is to look it up in an English language dictionary. There are dozens of dictionaries available online. Nov 16, 2016 at 1:00
  • @Cherry - to continue that previous comment, here is a link to an entry for wording in an online dictionary.
    – J.R.
    Nov 16, 2016 at 5:54

I would use at and include an indefinite article:

He knows English at a basic level.

I don't think I'd argue that on is wrong. In fact, you can find instances where both prepositions are used in published works.

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