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# The Idioms Test

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Hi buddies, I come with a verbal resource this time.
It is a test of idiom questions that I made for the community, based on the MGMAT SC volume, which, as everyone knows, is the bible of SC.
Read carefully the statements in the first page in order to perform well;
comments, suggestions, reports and discussion are welcome
Good luck!

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29 Oct 2009, 10:56
Thanks a lot
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30 Oct 2009, 05:11
Many thanks for this test
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14 Nov 2009, 21:09
Great post!!!

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powerka wrote:
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A) It seems like the company is slowly running out of new features to add.
B) The company seems as if it is slowly running out of new features to add.
C) It seems as if the company is slowly running out of new features to add.

OA: C

What's wrong with the expression "it seems like" on A?

Wouldn't be better to say "It seems that the company is...." ?

On C, I think the "if" is redundant.

Thanks

I think it is important to understand the difference between "like" and "as":

My rule of thumb is to always use "like" to compare nouns/adjectives: This apple tastes like a pear.
And I use "as" to link a clause: He seems as if he no longer cared.

While you are correct that "It seems that the company is...." is grammatically correct, it is structurally differernt from the sentence provided. In this case, It seems as if the company is slowly running out of new features to add. is correct.

To say:

b]It seems as[/b] the company is slowly running out of new features to add.

would be awkward.
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15 Nov 2009, 20:03
Excellent effort. +1 from me too.
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25 Nov 2009, 06:11
That is indeed a great Job...I was wondering if we have the explaination for the Idiom Test..
Is it woth to have the explainations or we just need to remember them??

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02 Dec 2009, 15:48
great, I think this is helpful, since i find it hard to just memorize all the idioms on the book.....
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21 Dec 2009, 20:03
thank u lots, ur post is very helpful.
I got about 5 wrong, finished in about 18 mins. guess I rushed thru them, coz i could correct 4 of them later.
1 question was same as "sasen's"--"confidence in the firm.."question and read your explaination.
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24 Dec 2009, 09:58
Again, thanks for sharing. I'm going to add this to my resources to use while in transition (i.e. traveling to and from work).
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23 Feb 2010, 05:48
good work!

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04 Mar 2010, 10:45
Very helpful especially the online version. Guess just going through these idioms will help ease going through the Manhattan SC questions.
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10 May 2010, 07:00
saruba wrote:
viveknair86 wrote:
Hi !!!!..

I took the Idioms' Test yesterday and found a couple of answers to be unconvincing.

For eg. # 15 : Shouldn't it be " One in a million chance" instead of "One Chance in a Million"

# 3 : Shouldn't it be " School lack of rigor" instead of " rigor is lacking in schools".

# 20 : Shouldn't it be "consider the problems to be necessary inconveniences" instead of " consider the problem necessary conveniences".

Please correct me if i am wrong.

Awaiting a revert on the same.

Vivek

Hello Vivek,

in #15, MGMAT SC establish "ONE CHANCE IN A THOUSAND OF WINNING" as the correct idiom. I think the important here is chance...of + gerund. I guess "one in a million chance of winning" is correct too.
in #3, B can't be correct cause some schools is the subject, in order to be correct it should be "some schools lack rigor / are lacking in rigor".
Regarding #20, this is a classic, the idiom is Consider X Y. That doesn't mean "to be" is incorrect, but the first is preferred for concision. Note that the GMAT has its own "preferred rules" so be careful.

I hope it was helpful, if you have more questions go on.

Hi There...

Thanks Saruba. The revert was certainly useful.

Thanks once again.
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29 Jul 2010, 07:32
good effort kudos ....but i protest some results ...........especially the 3rd
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06 Aug 2010, 06:11
#17

A
She is credited for solving numerous cases.
B
She is credited with solving numerous cases.
C
She is credited as being a great detective.

I went with "B", but looks like answer is A.

What's wrong with B?
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04 Sep 2010, 15:27
Thanks a ton for your great efforts
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04 Sep 2010, 20:46
thanks.... this is good real world practice ....
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15 Oct 2010, 03:40
Guys, i gave the Idioms test a while (an hour) ago . Got 27 (on 32) correct .I Reviewed this score immediately after the test and the precentile was 53 and somehow it has jumped to 65 now. Does this mean that a lot of people have written the test in this duration or is this because effect of a marginal change is high (owing to few people having written it )?
Any ways i would also like to know how others have fared on it ?
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16 Oct 2010, 08:38
I gave it now and got 31 out of 32 ... showed up as 90.5 percentile..

Got the second one wrong..
I chose: The market has confidence in the firm’s ability to add back leverage to increase profits.
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21 Oct 2010, 07:17
anish854 wrote:
I gave it now and got 31 out of 32 ... showed up as 90.5 percentile..

Got the second one wrong..
I chose: The market has confidence in the firm’s ability to add back leverage to increase profits.

I just took the test and had 26(53%) . I also chose The market has confidence in the firm’s ability to add back leverage to increase profits. It looks fine.
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04 Nov 2010, 21:05
Thanks. It was a nice test to refresh my memory.

I got more wrong than I expected.
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