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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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Thanx ThrillRide I got. consider x y = regard as

Thanx Saruba, it was useful...
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02 Sep 2009, 09:18
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Correct idiom for consider - consider X Y (without "to be" or "as")
Just something you need to memorize.
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03 Sep 2009, 19:10
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Thanks a ton..great initiative !
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The market has confidence that the firm will add back leverage to increase profits.
⃝ B
The market has confidence in the firm’s ability to add back leverage to increase profits.
⃝ C
The market has confidence in the firm to add back leverage to increase profits.

Can someoe explain why B is incorrect?
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sasen indeed the idiom is not incorrect, however given the 3 options, confidence that [...] will (verb) is more concise and therefore it is a better answer in a gmat context.
confidence in [...] ability to (verb) is labeled as SUSPECT in MGMAT SC, that's why in the test it is 'incorrect'.
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04 Sep 2009, 14:12
Great effort saruba!! +1 from me.
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16 Sep 2009, 14:03
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Could somebody give me a hand with #3?

A) What these scores tell us is that rigor is lacking in some schools.
B) What these scores tell us is that some schools lack of rigor.
C) What these scores tell us is that there’s a lack of rigor in some schools.

OA: A

My reasoning:

B is incorrect. C is correct but A is more concise and therefore better.

If there would be an answer choice D "What these scores tell us is that some schools lack rigor", wouldn't it be better than A?
...schools lack noun...clear, and more concise than A.
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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.

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16 Sep 2009, 14:37
#29 is a good one.

A) The lead-in from “Dancing With the Stars” will be high, and so too the expectations.
B) The lead-in from “Dancing With the Stars” will be high, and also the expectations.
C) The lead-in from “Dancing With the Stars” will be high, and so too will be the expectations.

OA: C

I believe C is the best answer; still, I find it awkward.
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29 Sep 2009, 05:42
Thanks a lot for the wonderful collection! +1

We're glad to announce the release of online Idioms Test in the GMAT Club Test format. The Test is FREE for all registered members and be accessed via this link
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29 Sep 2009, 08:44

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A The ancient Chinese Taoists distinguished intercourse and orgasm.
B The ancient Chinese Taoists distinguished intercourse from orgasm.
C The ancient Chinese Taoists distinguished between intercourse and orgasm.

OA C

I agree that distinguish between X and Y is correct idiom but distinguish X from Y (as in B) is also correct and more concise than C.

28:
A Every product use similar recycled papers, cardboard and other materials, in addition to lead-free paints, non toxic glues and inks.
C Each product use similar recycled papers, cardboard and other materials, in addition to lead-free paints, non toxic glues and inks.

OA: B

Why is A wrong ?

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A The lead-in from “Dancing With the Stars” will be high, and so too the expectations.
B The lead-in from “Dancing With the Stars” will be high, and also the expectations.
C The lead-in from “Dancing With the Stars” will be high, and so too will be the expectations.

OA: C

I don't agree with the OA.
Gramatically so too will be is not correct. it is awkward. The correct usage is "... so too <noun clause>". "so too" is used as conjunction and must be followed by noun clause.

I believe that B is correct.

30:
A The average price has risen at least 1 cent per gallon per day for eight consecutive days to $2.952, 10 cents as much as a week ago. B The average price has risen at least 1 cent per gallon per day for eight consecutive days to$2.952, 10 cents more than a week ago.

C The average price has risen at least 1 cent per gallon per day for eight consecutive days to $2.952, 10 cents more from a week ago. OA - B B has a comparison error; "average price" has been compared to "a week ago" Folks, Please provide your comments. _________________ Consider kudos for a good explanation Founder Affiliations: AS - Gold, HH-Diamond Joined: 04 Dec 2002 Posts: 14429 Location: United States (WA) GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42 GPA: 3.5 Followers: 3713 Kudos [?]: 22956 [4] , given: 4510 Re: The Idioms Test [#permalink] ### Show Tags 29 Sep 2009, 15:21 4 This post received KUDOS Expert's post FYI - the test is also available in Computer Format now. Thank you Saruba: http://gmatclub.com/tests/v99 - open to any gmat club member _________________ Founder of GMAT Club US News Rankings progression - last 10 years in a snapshot - New! Just starting out with GMAT? Start here... Need GMAT Book Recommendations? Best GMAT Books Co-author of the GMAT Club tests GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings Current Student Joined: 13 Jul 2009 Posts: 145 Location: Barcelona Schools: SSE Followers: 17 Kudos [?]: 371 [2] , given: 22 Re: The Idioms Test [#permalink] ### Show Tags 30 Sep 2009, 01:11 2 This post received KUDOS duttarupam wrote: I have confusions about a few of the Qs. Please help. 12: A The ancient Chinese Taoists distinguished intercourse and orgasm. B The ancient Chinese Taoists distinguished intercourse from orgasm. C The ancient Chinese Taoists distinguished between intercourse and orgasm. OA C I agree that distinguish between X and Y is correct idiom but distinguish X from Y (as in B) is also correct and more concise than C. Reply: I agree with you that 'distinguish x from y' is a correct idiom, and I'm sure that GMAT won't make you choose between one of these two idioms as the only difference in an answer choice. That said however, as it is stated on the beginning of the test, all the correct answers are based on the idioms labeled as RIGHT in the MGMAT SC. For some reason, Manhattan people labeled 'distinguish X from Y' as 'SUSPECT'. I'm not sure why though. 28: A Every product use similar recycled papers, cardboard and other materials, in addition to lead-free paints, non toxic glues and inks. B All products use similar recycled papers, cardboard and other materials, in addition to lead-free paints, non toxic glues and inks. C Each product use similar recycled papers, cardboard and other materials, in addition to lead-free paints, non toxic glues and inks. OA: B Why is A wrong ? Reply: 'Every + noun' requires singular verb conjugation. 29: A The lead-in from “Dancing With the Stars” will be high, and so too the expectations. B The lead-in from “Dancing With the Stars” will be high, and also the expectations. C The lead-in from “Dancing With the Stars” will be high, and so too will be the expectations. OA: C I don't agree with the OA. Gramatically so too will be is not correct. it is awkward. The correct usage is "... so too <noun clause>". "so too" is used as conjunction and must be followed by noun clause. I believe that B is correct. Reply: I don't agree with you here, IMO 'so too' can be switched for 'high too [will be the expectations]' which I think is correct. Again, I followed MGMAT guidelines for this one. 30: A The average price has risen at least 1 cent per gallon per day for eight consecutive days to$2.952, 10 cents as much as a week ago.

B The average price has risen at least 1 cent per gallon per day for eight consecutive days to $2.952, 10 cents more than a week ago. C The average price has risen at least 1 cent per gallon per day for eight consecutive days to$2.952, 10 cents more from a week ago.

OA - B

B has a comparison error; "average price" has been compared to "a week ago"

Reply: You are correct. It should be 'The avg price has risen ... to \$2.952, 10 cents more than THAT OF a week ago'

For those who will make the test please read the instructions, "a wrong answer choice MAY BE grammatically correct".
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29 Oct 2009, 10:56
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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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