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
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.