offers hundreds of practice questions and video explanations. Go there now.
Sign up or log in to Magoosh GMAT Prep.

GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Must Know Idioms #6

Hello! 🙂

Looking for more idiom practice? Look no further than this week’s GMAT Tuesday! We’ll be learning how to correctly use the words “amid” and “among” today.

Here’s the board work for this week:
Must Know Idioms 6

And, if you have comments or questions about this video or anything related to the GMAT, feel free to leave them in the comment box below! 🙂


By the way, sign up for our 1 Week Free Trial to try out Magoosh GMAT Prep!

6 Responses to GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Must Know Idioms #6

  1. Deepak October 31, 2015 at 1:32 am #

    Hey, Thanks for the video!

    However, isnt rumor a countable noun? Shouldnt the sentence really be, Among rumors of bankruptcy?

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin Rocci November 2, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

      Hi Deepak,

      Good question! I could see why you might think “rumor” is a countable noun, but it’s actually not. 😀 Here’s a link to the Oxford Dictionary, which shows it as a mass noun. You can think about it this way: we don’t count rumors. Trying counting rumors—one rumor, two rumors, three rumors, etc. It should sound strange to you. It’s not the same as counting oranges—one orange, two oranges, three oranges, etc. That is much more tangible than trying to count rumors.

      I could’ve written the sentence as “rumors of bankruptcy” but that doesn’t really change anything.

      I hope that this helps! 😀

      Happy Studying!

      • Deepak November 3, 2015 at 9:06 am #

        Yeah, I just checked online and it says that rumour is uncountable! But i just cant believe it, dont we use statements like –
        1. I heard A RUMOR about you yesterday.
        2. There are MANY RUMORS floating around.

        Are these statements wrong?

        Thanks for the quick reply!

        • Kevin Rocci
          Kevin Rocci November 4, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

          Hi Deepak,

          I know it’s quite confusing. We do hear those sentences often! There are words that can be both count and noncount nouns, and I think “rumor” is one of those words. Depending on the usage in the sentence, it will either be count or noncount. This article covers the idea of words that are count and noncount:

          Happy Studying!

  2. Marie May 1, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

    Hi Kevin,

    Thank you for clarifying. Do you have a video on the use of “that” vs. “which”?

    Thank you


Magoosh blog comment policy: To create the best experience for our readers, we will only approve comments that are relevant to the article, general enough to be helpful to other students, concise, and well-written! 😄 Due to the high volume of comments across all of our blogs, we cannot promise that all comments will receive responses from our instructors.

We highly encourage students to help each other out and respond to other students' comments if you can!

If you are a Premium Magoosh student and would like more personalized service from our instructors, you can use the Help tab on the Magoosh dashboard. Thanks!

Leave a Reply