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GMAT Tuesdays: Must Know Idioms #10


Wow! We’ve made 10 videos now on idioms! That’s awesome! 😀

In this weeks video, I go through some idioms that depend on whether you are talking about an issue or a person, what preposition to use with passives and past participles, as well as idioms to complete parallel structure. 😀

Here’s a look at this week’s board:

Must Know Idioms 10


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4 Responses to GMAT Tuesdays: Must Know Idioms #10

  1. Rishi August 14, 2016 at 6:40 pm #

    Thanks for this!:)

    I came across the idiom Just as …so too in one of the practice questions. Now, is there a variable of the same idiom? ‘Just as….so..”

    Let me know.


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 16, 2016 at 7:28 am #

      Hi Rishi,

      Yes! You can also say “Just as X (independent clause), so Y (independent clause)” as in: “Just as England loves cricket, so America loves basketball.”

  2. Vid May 25, 2015 at 1:59 am #

    Hi Kevin,

    you have mentioned that ‘responsible for’ is for issues and ‘responsible to’ is for authority figures. can we use responsible for to address people who are not authority figures? for example: i am responsible for my 2 kids.. or something like that..

    i am not a native english any help in clarifying that is appreciated! 🙂


    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin Rocci May 27, 2015 at 10:56 am #

      Hi Vid,

      That’s a great question! 😀 I can see why you would want to use “responsible for” when referring to your two kids. But it’s not quite right, at least in terms of the GMAT. We want to use “responsible for” an action or a specific thing. For example:

      We are responsible for ensuring delivery of the program. (an action)
      We are responsible for the program. (a specific thing)

      Now if we revise your sentence so it says, “I am responsible for the safety of my two kids,” that would be appropriate and work. Or you could say, “I am responsible for raising my two kids.” This may seem like a subtle difference, but that’s what they like to test on the GMAT—these small differences.

      I hope that helps! Happy Studying!

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