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GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Sentence Correction – Must Know Idioms

Hello! :)
 
It’s time to get down to business! Have you mastered your GMAT idioms yet? These idioms are not slang, and they’re not Americanisms, but they can be tricky. So watch this video to learn 4 most important ones!
 
And while you’re at it, sign up for our free GMAT idioms flashcards! You can practice with 160 more idioms, and did I mention they’re free? :)
 
Leave me any questions or comments you have below!
 

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16 Responses to GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Sentence Correction – Must Know Idioms

  1. Binit March 28, 2015 at 7:58 am #

    Hi Kevin,

    First of all thanks a ton for such a generous help!!!
    I have a query about ‘indicate that’. I learned indicate + that/to are correct idioms. So, there was a Qn (words changed and shortened):

    Evidences indicate (that he was suffering…),….

    The right answer was without “that” and they never mentioned “idiomatic use” in the explanation. I was totally shocked. “Indicate he was suffering..” just don’t seem acceptable to me. Pls suggest.

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin April 2, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

      Hi Binit,

      Happy to help! :) Where did you see this question? Was it official materials or a Magoosh question? Depending on it’s source, you may want to disregard the question. From our experience, the GMAT prefers sentences that take the form ‘indicate that X is Y’ over another alternatives, like ‘indicate that X to be Y.’

      Let me know a little bit more about the source of the question and I’d be happy to help out! 😀

      • Binit April 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

        Hi Kevin, the Qn was from an online prep company starts with V, of course it’s free materials :)

        • Kevin Rocci
          Kevin April 2, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

          Thanks for the update, Binit!

          Looks like you might have a flawed question on your hands. I think your first inclination was correct and the question is wrong. 😀

          Happy Studying!

          • Binit April 2, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

            Thanks a lot Kevin for your extremely helpful input, as always :)

            • Kevin Rocci
              Kevin April 2, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

              Of course! I am here to help! 😀

  2. Siddharth September 15, 2014 at 4:14 am #

    Hey Kevin ,

    The Magoosh GMAT Idiom ebook is of real great help so are the flashcards , Fantastic work by your team! Keep em coming:)

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin September 15, 2014 at 10:30 am #

      Hello Siddharth, thank you for your kind words! It’s always great to hear that we are helping! Happy Studying! :)

  3. Rose July 10, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    Hi Kevin,
    In the Magoosh GMAT idiom book I found the idiom ‘believe that’ under the section ‘Verbs and That clause’. Similarly I think that ‘estimated to be’ and ‘estimated that’ are both valid.
    It would be really helpful if you could mention all the idioms that are associated with the words at one place to avoid any confusion in the minds of viewers.
    Thanks!

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin July 10, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

      Hi Rose! That’s a great tip! I am trying to keep these videos as short as possible and can’t cover every possible idiomatic usage of a word. “Believe” is an especially tricky one since it has so many different idiomatic constructions. But I do plan to get to them in a video at one point. Slowly but surely! 😀

      And since you mentioned it, if anyone else is interested, you can look at the GMAT Idiom ebook for a more in depth look at the different idioms you might encounter on the GMAT! And if you are looking for a good way to study, I recommend our GMAT Idiom Flashcards! 😀

      Happy Studying!

      • Rose July 12, 2014 at 11:22 am #

        Thanks Kevin!

        • Kevin Rocci
          Kevin July 14, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

          Absolutely! (*●⁰ꈊ⁰●)ノ

  4. Van May 18, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for the video. You’re such a lovely guy, man 😀
    I find this website so informative and helpful. I’m going to take GMAT exam at the end of May, so hope your materials will help 😀

    Thank you so so much ^-^

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin May 19, 2014 at 10:19 am #

      Thank you for your kind words! :)

      I am always happy to hear that we are helping students prepare for the test! Best of luck dominating the test! :)

  5. Idiomatic Ruth April 24, 2014 at 7:37 am #

    Hey Kevin, very interesting and informative video, thanks for share and keep making Americanisms, more international. Good work.

    Ruth

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin April 24, 2014 at 9:19 am #

      Thanks Ruth! Glad you liked the video! I will be making more soon. :)


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