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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!ย All written by our resident GMAT grammar expert, Mike McGarry :).

You should use this eBook as a both a thorough guide to GMAT idioms as well a reference as you go through Sentence Correction questions where you might need some idiom-related help!

Comment below to let us know how you like it, and which GMAT eBook you’d like us to create next (we’ve already done a GMAT general introduction and Integrated Reasoning).

You can print it out or save the PDF to your computer/phone/tablet for reading on the go, and feel free to share with friends.ย We hope you enjoy it and find it helpful!

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54 Responses to GMAT Idiom eBook

  1. Elias Baramilis August 25, 2018 at 2:03 am #

    Hello, got some feedback/question regarding the common gmat idioms list.

    Is ‘distinction A from B’ correct?


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 28, 2018 at 10:40 am #

      Hi Elias,

      You’ll see more on this on Page 68, but here are the correct forms:
      -distinguish A from B
      -distinction between A and B
      -distinction of A from B

      You can’t use “distinction A from B”. Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Anaya July 31, 2018 at 4:56 am #

    I am not able to download the ebook even though I can view it in my browser. Is there any way you can help me with this?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 1, 2018 at 8:56 am #

      I can help! Although our eBooks don’t display a download option or button, if you right-click anywhere on any page you’re viewing in the PDF, a “save as” option should pop up. This works for me on Chrome, IE, and Firefox in Windows 10, and I believe it should work in other browsers and operating systems. Let me know if you have any further trouble, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. aditya singh chhonker July 5, 2018 at 11:56 am #

    I am not been able to open the e book..why?

  4. Pallavi Sinha August 13, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    There’s a special place in heaven, if there’s one, for people who educate others for the love of education. Respect to all you nice folks at Magoosh! Besides, I find Mike’s attitude especially endearing.

  5. Rochak August 10, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

    Is this the latest version of ebook available which is provoded with the link?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 11, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

      Hi Rochak,

      Yes! This is the most updated version of the ebook. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. John June 26, 2015 at 9:41 am #

    1. Do your idiom flashcards contain exactly the same content as does your idiom book?!

    2. Do you periodically add your new discussed idioms to your idiom book? What has been the latest version?


    • Mike MแถœGarry
      Mike McGarry June 26, 2015 at 11:13 am #

      I’m happy to respond. ๐Ÿ™‚
      First of all, yes, the idioms flashcards and idiom ebook contain exactly the same information, simply in two different forms, because some folks prefer one or the other. When we made those, we really included what we felt were all the important idioms for the GMAT SC. I haven’t written many blogs on idioms since the publication of that ebook, so there aren’t a ton of “newly discussed idioms” that aren’t already in the book. At some point, it is possible that we may revise these products slightly, but they are quite thorough as is.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike ๐Ÿ™‚

      • John June 26, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

        Thanks a lot, really thanks Mike,

        But Magoosh idiom book was published in July 2013, and as I have seen in your SC idiom lessons, every Tuesday Kevin gives a mini-lecture on some idioms.

        So, don’t his presentations, typically include new idioms?


        • Mike MแถœGarry
          Mike McGarry June 29, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

          I’m happy to respond. ๐Ÿ™‚ I talked to Kevin. Kevin primarily pulls idioms for his videos from the flashcards (the flashcard idioms are identical to those in the ebook). Every once in a while, he tosses in an extra idiom in response to a student question. He will depart from the standard list if a student has a particular request, but the standard list of idiom still reflects the priorities of the GMAT. From the point of view of what’s on the test, there has been no need to make any update. If you have questions about particular idioms, feel free to leave a comment on the article posting one of Kevin’s videos. If there is a particular idiom about which you are curious that is not covered in our list, then ask him, and maybe he will make a video about it.
          Does all this make sense?
          Mike ๐Ÿ™‚

    • feng zhang November 23, 2015 at 1:43 am #

      question: is magoosh idiom book similar to manhatten?

  7. sidra June 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    Your video lectures are great but i cant afford it ๐Ÿ™
    is there anymore lectures for free ?

  8. arnav June 7, 2015 at 6:23 am #

    Couldn’t have been better, this is like the bible of idioms. Thank you so much Mike and team, I would not have been more obliged.

    • Mike MแถœGarry
      Mike McGarry June 8, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

      Dear Arnav,
      You are quite welcome, my friend. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am very glad that you found this helpful! In case it’s also helpful, you can find all this same information in flashcard form here:
      I wish you the very best of luck in your future!
      Mike ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette Jung June 10, 2015 at 11:57 am #

      We’re glad you like it! Thanks for the kind words, Arnav :).

  9. parul verma May 3, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

    Is this attachment an updated version?

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig May 4, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

      Hi Parul,

      We are working on updating this version (with new information and copy-edits) and hope to have it up shortly! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Have a great day!

    • parul verma May 21, 2015 at 2:20 am #

      Hi Rita,

      Is the latest version available now?

      • Rita Neumann
        Rita Kreig May 21, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

        Hi Parul,

        No, it’s not ready quite yet. Sorry about that! I’ll be sure to make a note when we finish copyediting this eBook.

        Happy Studying! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Diendan Ardianshah November 3, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    Wow, thanks this ebook really helpful. Once again, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Mike MแถœGarry
      Mike November 4, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

      Dear Diendan,
      You are quite welcome! I’m glad you are finding this helpful!
      Mike ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Donato August 20, 2014 at 9:22 am #



    On Page 49, the exercise 3215 is explained as D is the correct answer, but the official magoosh answer by the link, and explanation video is A.

    At first I had got D, following your explanations, but A also could be correct to me. What’s the correct answer (and explanation)?

    Thanks in advance,

    Donato Brito

    • Mike MแถœGarry
      Mike August 22, 2014 at 10:54 am #

      Dear Donato,
      This is Mike ๐Ÿ™‚ — I wrote that particular question and wrote most of the content for this ebook. I’m very sorry — the Text Explanation given on that page of the ebook gives the wrong answer and the wrong explanation. The OA is (A), and choice (D) is wrong. I’m not sure how that happened. You can see the correct explanation here:
      Thank you very much for pointing this out. We are going to edit the book to correct this error.
      Best of luck to you, my friend!
      Mike ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Banke Tuyo December 22, 2014 at 7:20 am #

        Please advise of when this and other known errors will be corrected in the idioms e-book. I just started to study for the GMAT, noticed that this error still exists, and want to be sure my time is used efficiently. Thanks!

        • Rachel Wisuri
          Rachel December 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

          Hey Banke,

          We’re working on getting them fixed and hope to have them done soon! ๐Ÿ™‚


        • Rachel Wisuri
          Rachel January 15, 2015 at 9:38 am #

          Hi Banke,

          We just fixed this error. Happy studying!


          • Banke Tuyo January 15, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

            I appreciate your prompt response.

  12. Rupesh August 14, 2014 at 6:56 am #

    Thankx a lot! Magoosh is simply best

  13. Ambuj July 17, 2014 at 2:16 am #

    Good Book…very useful

  14. isaac b June 10, 2014 at 2:12 am #

    thanks men/lady. really great stuff

  15. Talita February 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    The ebook is really helpful!

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette February 26, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Swarnav February 19, 2014 at 5:47 am #

    This is really helpful! Thankyou!

  17. Anand January 17, 2014 at 6:43 am #

    It’s a grt compilation

  18. Latif Aeer December 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Very nice book with right compilation of all idioms.
    It helps to improve and become proficient

  19. Ezra December 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Just downloaded e-book onto iPad, pretty good stuff and much study to do!

  20. Laraib Nawaz November 27, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    Hey Margarette
    I cant download the book. It says its unavailable. Can you please help me with this
    Looking forward for a positive response ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel December 3, 2013 at 10:14 am #

      Hi Laraib! I just emailed you the book as a PDF. Hopefully that should help! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. gmat August 6, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    Hi Margarette,
    I hope your book will help me in the finall test , really exited to read it.
    will repost my replay after i will finish reading it.
    Thanks ahead!

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 6, 2013 at 11:25 am #

      You’re welcome! Hope you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Abhishek February 20, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

        Hi Margarette,

        Can you please email me the PDF version of the Book.

        Thanks !!


        • Margarette Jung
          Margarette February 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

          Just sent it over! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry for the delay!

  22. Joy July 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    This is awesome! Thank you so much!

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette July 30, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

      You’re welcome! We had fun making it, I’m glad you like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Inny July 26, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Thank you so much for this! The Magoosh team is truly amazing! Keep up the great work guys ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette July 26, 2013 at 11:48 am #

      Thanks, Inny! ๐Ÿ™‚ We hope this helps you ace the Verbal section!

  24. prateek July 26, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    thanks Magoosh .. the book is indeed very comprehensive ..

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette July 26, 2013 at 11:25 am #

      Thanks, Prateek! I hope you find it helpful :).

  25. john July 26, 2013 at 3:23 am #

    Thank You Magoosh, it is really helpful!

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette July 26, 2013 at 11:24 am #

      Thanks, John! ๐Ÿ™‚

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