I am wondering what you would say when you would like to say that someone should know the fudamental or basic of something (know the basis of something) or should know the basic elements or parts of something like writing an essay, so that one can write it well.

Take this, for example:

You should know the basis of research so as to your article to be accepted or published somewhere.

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You could just simply say:

You should know the basics first.


You should know the fundamentals first.

With your example on research, I would say

You should know the basics (fundamentals) of doing research first so your article will be published.

  • Nina, It would also help to know a but more of the basics of English syntax—or else to have a good editor, such as Jimmy S! Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 12:20

You can use this phrase :

Your concepts should be clear.

Example :

In order to pursue higher studies in computers, ones concepts must be clear or solid.
  • How do you say the bold part??
    – nima
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 6:59
  • as a native speaker, I would never say this. You don't talk about "your concepts", you can say "you must understand the basic concepts", or similar.
    – nkjt
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 9:30

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