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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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GMAT Idioms: Cause and Consequence

UPDATE: You can find this blog and others about idioms in our new GMAT Idiom eBook! The triumph of Science over the past five centuries has been its ability to delineate what causes what.   While nothing in Economics is quite as precise as, say, Chemistry, the ability to identify causes and effects is still valuable […]

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GMAT Idioms of Whole and Part

UPDATE: You can find this blog and others about idioms in our new GMAT Idiom eBook! Many things have wholes made of parts, parts grouped together into wholes.  Atoms and molecules are the parts of material substance.  The whole of the United States is, as the name suggests, made of fifty parts, the states.  On […]

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GMAT Idioms of Comparison

UPDATE: You can find this blog and others about idioms in our new GMAT Idiom eBook! Business is all about comparisons — which brand or option or product is cheaper?  faster? more reliable? safer? a better investment?  etc. etc.  Because of this, the GMAT loves comparisons, and loves to explore them in Sentence Correction.   The […]

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GMAT Idioms Involving “As”

UPDATE: You can find this blog and others about idioms in our new GMAT Idiom eBook! The word “as” is a remarkable little power-packed word.  It functions as both a preposition (as in this sentence!) and as a conjunction.   It is one of the flexible and multifaceted words in the English language.   Not surprisingly, the […]

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