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Are two subtle idioms correct?

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Are two subtle idioms correct? [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2010, 23:01
Guys just 2 subtle questions.

1). I have been thinking all my GMAT-related life that idiom "DECIDE ON" is correct. I have seen this idiom a couple of times in reliable resourses. But now Kaplan is saying me that my beloved idiom is actually wrong. Can somebody confirm what Kaplan is saying?
I decided on the new format.
We decided on the all-meat pizza.


2). Am I correct thinking that all the folloving constructions are correct?
RESPONSIBLE FOR + noun
RESPONSIBLE FOR + ing
RESPONSIBLE FOR + clause

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Re: Are two subtle idioms correct? [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2010, 01:29
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Good question as always!

look what the oxford dictionary says:

decide
1 ~ (between A and B) | ~ (against sth) to think carefully about the different possibilities that are available and choose one of them:
[V] It was difficult to decide between the two candidates. * They decided against taking legal action. * It's up to you to decide. * I can't tell you what to do-you'll have to decide for yourself. * [Vwh-] I can't decide what to wear. * She couldn't decide whether he was telling the truth or not. * [V(that)] She decided (that) she wanted to live in France. * [Vtoinf] We've decided not to go away after all. * Why did you decide to look for a new job? * [VN] We might be hiring more people but nothing has been decided yet. * [VN(that)] It was decided (that) the school should purchase new software.
2 (law) ~ (for / against sb) to make an official or legal judgement:
[VN] The case will be decided by a jury. * [V] The Appeal Court decided in their favour. * It is always possible that the judge may decide against you.
3 to affect the result of sth:
[VN] A mixture of skill and good luck decided the outcome of the game. * [Vwh-] A number of factors decide whether a movie will be successful or not. [also V]
4 to be the reason why sb does sth:
[VN] They offered me free accommodation for a year, and that decided me. [also VNtoinf]

decide on / upon sth to choose sth from a number of possibilities:
We're still trying to decide on a venue. * I can't decide on who to invite.

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Re: Are two subtle idioms correct? [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2010, 01:30
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responsible

having job / duty
1 ~ (for sb/sth) | ~ (for doing sth) having the job or duty of doing sth or taking care of sb/sth, so that you may be blamed if sth goes wrong:
Mike is responsible for designing the entire project. * Even where parents no longer live together, they each continue to be responsible for their children.
causing sth
2 ~ (for sth) being able to be blamed for sth:
Who's responsible for this mess? * Everything will be done to bring those responsible to justice. * He is mentally ill and cannot be held responsible for his actions.
3 ~ (for sth) being the cause of sth:
Cigarette smoking is responsible for about 90% of deaths from lung cancer.
to sb in authority
4 ~ to sb/sth to have to report to sb/sth with authority or in a higher position and explain to them what you have done:
The Council of Ministers is responsible to the Assembly.
reliable
5 (of people or their actions or behaviour) that you can trust and rely on:
Clare has a mature and responsible attitude to work.
OPPIRRESPONSIBLE
job
6 [usuallybeforenoun] needing sb who can be trusted and relied on; involving important duties:
a responsible job / position
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Re: Are two subtle idioms correct?   [#permalink] 28 Oct 2010, 01:30
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