One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he's an extremely competent carpenter’
capable, able, proficient, adept, adroit, accomplished, skilful, skilled, gifted, talented, masterly, virtuoso, expert, knowledgeable, qualified, trained
efficient, good, excellent, brilliant
informal great, mean, wicked, deadly, nifty, crack, ace, wizard, magic
North American informal crackerjack
vulgar slang shit-hot
archaic, humorous compleat
2‘she spoke quite competent French’
adequate, acceptable, satisfactory, reasonable, fair, decent, good enough, sufficiently good, not bad, all right, average, tolerable, passable, moderate, middling
up to scratch, up to the mark, up to par
informal OK, okay, so-so, fair-to-middling, up to snuff
3‘the court determined that it was not competent to hear the case’
fit, fitted, equipped, suitable, suited, appropriate
qualified, empowered, authorized
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