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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!
#26 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.
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.
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.
b]It seems as[/b] the company is slowly running out of new features to add.
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.
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.
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.
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 ?