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Comprehensive Useful IDIOM list.

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Comprehensive Useful IDIOM list.  [#permalink]

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Here is the Comprehensive Idiom List
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1. a means to -­‐‑ something done to achieve something else
Correct: For some people, laptops are just a means to an end.
Incorrect: For some people, laptops are just a means for an end.
Incorrect: For some people, laptops are just the means to an end.
Note: Do not confuse this with the idiom ‘by means of’ which means by the use of something.


2. an instance of – an example of
Correct: This is a real life instance of piracy.

3. ability to
Correct: Cats have the ability to see in the dark
Incorrect: Cats have the ability of seeing in the dark


4. accused of
Correct: John has been accused of theft
Incorrect: John has been accused to have committed theft
Incorrect: John has been accused with theft

5. act as -­‐‑ to serve in some special capacity, possibly temporarily
Correct: Modern mobile phones can act as cameras.
Incorrect: Modern mobile phones can act like cameras

6. act like -­‐‑ behave in a certain way (will almost always refer to animate things)
Correct: "ʺPlease stop acting like a kid"ʺ, said the producer to the actor.
Incorrect: "ʺPlease stop acting as a kid"ʺ, said the producer to the actor.


7. aid in -­‐‑ to help someone in some kind of trouble
Correct: The motorists needed aid in finding their way out.
Incorrect: The motorists needed aid to find their way out.


8. among X and Y – to evaluate more than two options
Correct: John can’t decide among a laptop, a mobile phone, and a media player.
Incorrect: John can’t decide between a laptop, a mobile phone, and a media player.

9. appear to be
Correct: This dish appears to be undercooked

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10. appeal to -­‐‑ to please or to attract someone
Correct: Soap operas don’t appeal to me.
Correct: The idea of taking a vacation appeals to me a lot.

11. approve / disapprove of -­‐‑ to take a favorable/unfavorable view of someone/something.

Correct: The chairman approves of the new marketing plan

12. as an adolescent/a teenager/a child
Correct: As an adolescent, John suffered from tonsillitis.
Incorrect: While in adolescence, John suffered from tonsillitis.


13. as many/much as – used to put emphasis on something
Correct: Jerry made as many as fifteen mistakes in the test.

14. as many/much X as Y
Correct: I have got as many books as you do.


15. associate with -­‐‑ to be friendly with someone
Correct: Jacob likes to associate with honest people.
Incorrect: Jacob likes to associate among honest people.

16. associate X with Y -­‐‑ to link someone/something to some other thing or person
Correct: John always associates coke with pizza
Incorrect: John always associates coke to pizza

17. attend to -­‐‑ to take care of the needs of someone or something
Correct: Tim is attending to his sick mother

18. attribute X to Y -­‐‑ to believe that someone or something is the source of something.
Correct: We attribute our success to good fortune.
Incorrect: We attribute our success from good fortune

19. based on
Correct: This movie is based on a true story

20. be afraid of
Correct: Tim is afraid of the dark.
Incorrect: Tim is afraid from the dark.

21. believe to be
Correct: I believe John’s version to be the truth.
Incorrect: I believe John’s version as the truth.

22. between X and Y – used to choose between two things only
Correct: He had to choose between yoga and dance.
Incorrect: He had to choose between yoga or dance.

23. both X and Y
Correct: Both John and Jack are coming for dinner.
Incorrect: Both John as well as Jack are coming for dinner.

24. capable of
Correct: Jerry is capable of great feats of strength.
Incorrect: Jerry is capable for great feats of strength.


25. centres on -­‐‑ to focus on someone or something in particular
Correct: The conversation centered on Mozart’s contribution to music.

26. choose as – to select
Correct: We choose him as our representative.
Incorrect: We choose him to be our representative.

27. claim that – used while proclaiming something
Correct: Walter claims that he can run backwards.

28. claim to be – used while claiming to be some other person
Correct: The man claimed to be John’s long lost son.
Incorrect: He is claimed as the best athlete of all times.

29. compare to – mostly used to praise someone by pointing similarities with someone else
Correct: In Argentina, Maradona is often compared to God.

30. compare with – used for actual comparison (as we know it)
Correct: John is comparing a BMW with a Mercedes.

31. conceive of X as -­‐‑ to think of someone or something as being someone or something
else
Correct: Jack conceived of a camel as a means of transportation in the desert.
Incorrect: Jack conceived of a camel to be a means of transportation in the desert.


32. concerned with – involved with or connected to
Correct: This topic is concerned with the use of DNA sequencing.

33. concerned about – worried about
Correct: I am concerned about my brother’s health.
Incorrect: I am concerned for my brother’s health.

34. conform to -­‐‑ to agree with or behave within guidelines or regulations
Correct: Does my dress conform to your regulations?
Incorrect: Does my dress conform with your regulations?

35. consequence of -­‐‑ be the result of
Correct: Rising temperatures are a consequence of global warming.

36. consider X Y – think of as
Correct: I consider myself a close friend of the senator.
Incorrect: I consider myself to be a close friend of the senator.
Incorrect: I consider myself as a close friend of the senator.

37. contend that – claim or state
Correct: John contends that his friend is innocent.

38. contend with – compete with someone for something
Correct: Jack is contending with Jerry for the award.

39. contrast X with Y – compare two dissimilar things which complement each other

40. correlate with -­‐‑ to match or equate with something.
Correct: The facts don’t correlate with her story.
Incorrect: The facts don’t correlate to her story.

41. cost(s) associated with
Correct: The costs associated with setting up a factory are prohibitive.

42. count on – depend on
Correct: We can count on John to complete the project.

43. credited with – credit person with accomplishment (use this when the person comes
first)
Correct: Newton is credited with the discovery of gravity.
Incorrect: Newton is credited as discovering gravity.
Incorrect: Newton is credited to having discovered gravity.
Incorrect: Newton is credited for discovering the laws of gravity.

44. credited to -­‐‑ credit accomplishment to person (use this when the accomplishment comes
first)
Correct: The team credits its success to good fortune.
Incorrect: The team credits its success with good fortune.

45. credit for – (think in terms of) a credit note
Correct: Telenet gave Tim a credit for $100 because of an interruption in service.

46. dated at – to denote a time period
Correct: The document has been dated at 100 years old.
Incorrect: The document has been dated at being 100 years old.
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New post 19 Dec 2018, 08:48
This is great, are these the only ones you would need memorize?
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Re: Comprehensive Useful IDIOM list. &nbs [#permalink] 19 Dec 2018, 08:48
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