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GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Are Idioms Tested on the GMAT?

Hello! The answer to this week’s GMAT Tuesday question is…it depends! So find out what types of idioms will show up on your test, and enjoy the beauty of nature while you’re at it :). As always, leave a comment or question below, too, and I’ll be happy to get back to you :).

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Mixed Idioms on the GMAT

Idioms are an important topic on GMAT Sentence Corrections.  With some idioms, a particular verb may demand a single preposition — for example, “able to do X” is correct, and “able for doing X” is incorrect.  See our idiom ebook for more examples.   That’s a great deal to know right there.  To make matters worse, […]

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GMAT Sentence Correction: Comparative and Quantitative Idioms

First, a few Sentence Correction practice questions, all on related grammatical themes. 1) Company policy restricts employees to, at most, three personal days in a month, and even less if the number of Fridays in the month is more than four. even less if the number of Fridays in the month is more than four […]

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GMAT Idiom eBook

Hi, everyone! We’ve just released the FREE Magoosh GMAT Idiom eBook, which includes detailed explanations and examples of 27 different types of idioms: idioms involving prepositions, conjunctions, infinitives, comparison, and many many more! All written by our resident GMAT grammar expert, Mike McGarry :). You should use this eBook as a both a thorough guide to […]

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GMAT Idioms: Three Sophisticated Idioms

UPDATE: You can find this blog and others about idioms in our new GMAT Idiom eBook! First, a few practice GMAT Sentence Correction questions for warm-up. 1) Had the United States allowed the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt rather than annexing it with military force, this “California nation” might have […]

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GMAT Idioms: Of Thinking and Knowing

UPDATE: You can find this blog and others about idioms in our new GMAT Idiom eBook! First, a couple of Sentence Correction practice questions. 1) Organizers claimed that the rally for public health care drew close to half a million people, but the city officials estimated the amount of people at the rally to be […]

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GMAT Idioms: Of Hope and Fear

UPDATE: You can find this blog and others about idioms in our new GMAT Idiom eBook! These two verbs, to hope and to fear, are similar, not only in their focus on expectations for the future, but also in the large diversity of idioms they can take.  In this post, I hope to exhaust the […]

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GMAT Idioms: Whether

UPDATE: You can find this blog and others about idioms in our new GMAT Idiom eBook! The astute reader will recognize the self-referential error in the above sentence.  The first thing any prospective GMAT test taker needs to learn about this is the If vs. Whether split, so common on GMAT Sentence Correction.   Beyond this, […]

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GMAT Idioms: Correlative Conjunctions

UPDATE: You can find this blog and others about idioms in our new GMAT Idiom eBook! Conjunctions Conjunctions are joining words: they help to link together two nouns, or two verbs, or two larger structures in a sentence.  Coordinating conjunctions (e.g. “and”, “but”, “or”) simply link two words or parts — they can even link […]

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GMAT Idioms: Verbs and “that” Clauses

UPDATE: You can find this blog and others about idioms in our new GMAT Idiom eBook! Sophisticated writing often involves statements of what different people think, say, argue, or believe.  Not surprisingly, sentences about this litter the GMAT Verbal section.  In fact, such sentences are also quite common in everyday life.  Just as frequent paths […]

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