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  • Not as well as my mother, but I’m pretty proficient."
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Yvette was by far the most competent of my coworkers, and she and I would often work together on any electrical job requiring proficiency with tools.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • As I was marginally less proficient on a bicycle than I was at particle physics, this involved a lot of swearing and swerving on my part, and a lot of exasperated shouting on his.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • When I became more proficient, Mam went into the shabby trunk beside her bed and brought out a hardback book of poems, blue with gold trim.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train

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  • For the past four months I’ve had all my various board exams—math, science, oral and written proficiency, sociology and psychology and photography (a specialty elective) —and I should be getting my scores sometime in the next few weeks.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • I found no area where they were remotely proficient.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Doubtless because of her proficiency in other tongues, Sophie was far and away the prize student among this motley of striving scholars, a polyglot group but mainly Yiddish-speaking refugees from all the destroyed corners of Europe; her excellence had no doubt attracted Mr. Youngstein to her, although Sophie was hardly so lacking in self-awareness as to be unmindful of the fact that her simple physical presence might have worked upon the young man its plainly troubling effect.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It was a letter of introduction, from Abbot Alexander, commending his nephew, James Fraser, to the attention of the Chevalier-St. George—otherwise known as His Majesty King James of Scotland—as a most proficient linguist and translator.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Soon I had developed quite proficiency.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • With all the time I’ve spent in Peshawar, I’ve become pretty proficient in Urdu.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns

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  • My ardour was indeed the astonishment of the students, and my proficiency that of the masters.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Mr. Darcy spoke with affectionate praise of his sister’s proficiency.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I was proficient by my second year there.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • I am proficient to some degree.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • There are four parts: an obstacle course that assesses your physical condition, a written tactics exam, a test of weapons proficiency, and a simulated combat situation in the Block.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • To pass, you must show proficiency in all twenty.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Little Harry—a fine bright boy—had been put to a good school, and was making rapid proficiency in knowledge.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • He’d made himself proficient in every field-medicine, science, philosophy, art.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • You have been recommended to me, Mr. Hatherley, as being a man who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet and capable of preserving a secret.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Havermeyer had grown very proficient at shooting field mice at night with the gun he had stolen from the dead man in Yossarian’s tent.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Someone proficient in elemental magic?
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • He also, on the other hand, by his very serious questions and inquiries, made me a much better proficient in Scripture knowledge, than I should have been by my own private reading and study.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Dr. Bell is proficient in many fields of science, and has the art of making every subject he touches interesting, even the most abstruse theories.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • The ancient Buddhist art of meditative stretching seemed an odd proficiency for the physicist daughter of a Catholic priest.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • If not for the array of very proficient-looking weaponry hanging from each belt, it would have been almost comical.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • He’d wanted to learn to play the piano and the violin, and he’d become proficient enough to write his own music.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • One of the attendants was washing the sea-lion manure off the middle platform of the pool, and at least he was able to do that with a certain degree of proficiency.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • The old man rubbed his hands gleefully together, as he corroborated the Dodger’s reasoning in these terms; and chuckled with delight at his pupil’s proficiency.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • She was learned, erudite, wise, competent, curiously proficient in history, crammed with Latin, stuffed with Greek, full of Hebrew, and more of a Benedictine monk than a Benedictine nun.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In about a month’s time, I had made a tolerable proficiency in their language, and was able to answer most of the king’s questions, when I had the honour to attend him.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The Japanese field soldier, trained in the art of kendo, or stick fighting, was exceptionally proficient at killing in this manner.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • While I complied, he, not comprehending a single word, would stand before the fire surveying me with the air of an Exhibitor, and I would see him, between the fingers of the hand with which I shaded my face, appealing in dumb show to the furniture to take notice of my proficiency.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • In a little time I made great proficiency in the business, and became a useful hand to my brother.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • The counterbalance of her proficiency of judgment regarding one person, proved true by experiment.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Her breath was, however, expended in vain; for, although distinguished in her nation as a proficient in the art of abuse, she was permitted to work herself into such a fury as actually to foam at the mouth, without causing a muscle to vibrate in the motionless figure of the stranger.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • A prince ought also to show himself a patron of ability, and to honour the proficient in every art.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Invariably a proficient in his perilous calling, he was also more or less of a mighty boxer or wrestler.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • The triumph of Pitman was a triumph of business organization: there was a weekly paper to persuade you to learn Pitman: there were cheap textbooks and exercise books and transcripts of speeches for you to copy, and schools where experienced teachers coached you up to the necessary proficiency.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • He was as proficient as any of the other young men in the usual County diversions, hunting, gambling, dancing and politics, and was the best rider of them all; but he differed from all the rest in that these pleasant activities were not the end and aim of life to him.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The space between his two front teeth, which were unusually far apart, gave him the proficiency in whistling for which he was distinguished at college.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • Writing and accounts she was taught by her father; French by her mother: her proficiency in either was not remarkable, and she shirked her lessons in both whenever she could.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • "Do tell me something amusing but not spiteful," said the ambassador’s wife, a great proficient in the art of that elegant conversation called by the English, small talk.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • He did not know English when he began first grade; by the end of the year he was so proficient in it that he skipped the second.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • I will not oppose such kind politeness; but I should be sorry to be examined by a real proficient.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • THE BIRTHMARK In the latter part of the last century there lived a man of science, an eminent proficient in every branch of natural philosophy, who not long before our story opens had made experience of a spiritual affinity more attractive than any chemical one.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • Most had not been allowed to pursue their own career goals despite their proficiency and despite their party membership.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • When I say proficiency, I mean that perfection in the game which includes a comprehension of all the sources whence legitimate advantage may be derived.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • And—to make a long story short—after a while the little pilgrim becomes proficient with the prayer.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • To Mary and Harriet, it seemed as though she tried to make trouble for them by her proficiency.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • I even got some fun out of it, and at the end of the lesson Hermine announced that I was now proficient in the fox trot.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
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