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# Idioms - needed or not

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29 Oct 2012, 08:58
Hi,
I have asked this question around and haven't got anyone to respond. I think no one is sure abt it and so hate answering one way or other.
Based on new announcements from GMAC, do we still need to study the Idioms from study material? (Just in case if anyone didn't know abt the announcement: GMAC said they will stop testing or emphasizing on idioms in Sentence correction questions)

1.Would love to hear from fellow GMAT takers to know if they are still preparing for IDIOMS, if so any specific reason (they read somewhere else that its still needed) or so?
2.Would love to hear from other test material staffs as to what they are inferring from that announcement and how they are advising their student and forum followers?

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Richard
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30 Oct 2012, 01:27
Yes, idioms are very much tested on the GMAT. It is the US centric idioms that are not being tested on the GMAT anymore.
For example, US-centric phrases that non-natives may not be conversant with such as ‘to do an end run’ or ‘to hold the line’ are not tested on the GMAT now(earlier also they were rarely tested but they have been eliminated altogether now). However, idioms as combination of words that must be used together to be correct such as regard as or prohibit from are still being tested on the GMAT.
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30 Oct 2012, 07:21
Thanks for responding. Oh...god. i need to read THE list. I happily skipped the MGMAT's chapter on idioms, thinking its not needed.
Time to get back to idioms.

AristotlePrep wrote:
Yes, idioms are very much tested on the GMAT. It is the US centric idioms that are not being tested on the GMAT anymore.
For example, US-centric phrases that non-natives may not be conversant with such as ‘to do an end run’ or ‘to hold the line’ are not tested on the GMAT now(earlier also they were rarely tested but they have been eliminated altogether now). However, idioms as combination of words that must be used together to be correct such as regard as or prohibit from are still being tested on the GMAT.
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30 Oct 2012, 20:22
No, they won't make you choose between two idiom phrases if they don't alter the meaning of the sentence. If the meaning is altered, then you really have something other than an idiom issue at work.
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