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GMAT Grammar: A Quirky Idiom for Comparisons

This is an idiom that demonstrates some of the quirkiest aspects of the English language, aspects that often frustrate non-native speakers in the process of learning English.   This idiom concerns the situation of talking about how two thing changes with respect to one another.  Because this situation lends itself well to quantitative relationships, I will […]

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GMAT idioms: Can You Believe That?

Before a discussion of this cluster of idioms, take a look at these practice GMAT Sentence Correction questions. 1) Supply-side economics believes in the national economy growing most vigorously both through reducing taxes, especially taxes affecting large movements of capital, and by the elimination of the regulations that prevent business from performing optimally. (A) in […]

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GMAT Preposition “with”

Prepositions in English display a powerful diversity of uses.  In the previous preposition article, we talked about the proposition “to”.  Here, we will look, at the preposition “with.”   The preposition “with” The word “with” is a preposition.  This means, it must be followed by a noun — or by something playing the role of […]

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GMAT Prepositions and Idioms: “to”

UPDATE: You can find this blog and others about idioms in our new GMAT Idiom eBook! Prepositions in English display a powerful diversity of uses.  In previous preposition article, we talked about the proposition “from”.  Here, we will look, at the preposition “to.”   The preposition “to” The word “to” is a preposition.  This means, […]

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GMAT Prepositions and Idioms: “from”

UPDATE: You can find this blog and others about idioms in our new GMAT Idiom eBook! Prepositions are perhaps the most versatile and powerful words in the English language.  What English does with prepositions is notoriously hard for non-native speakers to learn.   In this first “preposition idiom” article, we will look at the preposition “from.” […]

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GMAT Idiom: because vs. because of

UPDATE: You can find this blog and others about idioms in our new GMAT Idiom eBook! First, a practice GMAT Sentence Correction question: 1) Because of Elnath Industries posting a second consecutive quarter of losses, its stocks tumbled 20% in the last three days. (A) Because of Elnath Industries posting (B) Because of Elnath Industries […]

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Verbs that Require Infinitives on the GMAT

Some verbs require the infinitive, and the GMAT expects you to know them. First, consider a couple practice Sentence Correction problems exploring these idioms. 1) The Sherpa people, indigenous to the mountainous regions of eastern Nepal, are known to have their ability of performing with ease the demanding tasks of mountaineering at some of the […]

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So….Let’s Talk about “So”

One of the most bewildering aspects of the English language, especially for non-native speakers, are all the tiny monosyllabic words packed with a load of meanings and a wide variety of possible usages: “to”, “for”, “as”, etc.  One of the trickiest on this list is the word “so”, which appears so frequently on the GMAT […]

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A Tricky GMAT Idiom: “act like” vs. “act as”

UPDATE: You can find this blog and others about idioms in our new GMAT Idiom eBook! First of all, try this Sentence Correction question.  A full explanation will follow later in the post. 1) Whereas both Europe and China use standard railroad gauge (1435 mm), Russia deliberately chose the wider “Russian gauge” (1520 mm) that […]

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