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Here is the Comprehensive Idiom List
Hope you guys will like it.



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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This is great, are these the only ones you would need memorize?
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New post 09 Jun 2019, 23:25
er.arun88 wrote:
Hii
Here is the Comprehensive Idiom List
Hope you guys will like it.



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

https://gmatclub.com/forum/posting.php?mode=post&f=11#
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.


Hi everyone, with reference to 8th idiom:

among X and Y – to evaluate more than 2 options

option A: Correct: John can’t decide among a laptop, a mobile phone and a
media player.

Option B: Incorrect: John can’t decide between a laptop, a mobile phone
and a media player.

Above example is taken from Aristotle SC Grail.

As per Ultimate GMAT grammar book, option B is correct.
The book stated "between can also be used when talking about a distinct relationship of more than two individual items, groups, or people"

Kindly suggest which one from above is corrct bb generis.

Thanks in advance

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priyanshu14 wrote:
er.arun88 wrote:
Hii
Here is the Comprehensive Idiom List
Hope you guys will like it.



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

https://gmatclub.com/forum/posting.php?mode=post&f=11#
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.


Hi everyone, with reference to 8th idiom:

among X and Y – to evaluate more than 2 options

option A: Correct: John can’t decide among a laptop, a mobile phone and a
media player.

Option B: Incorrect: John can’t decide between a laptop, a mobile phone
and a media player.

Above example is taken from Aristotle SC Grail.

As per Ultimate GMAT grammar book, option B is correct.
The book stated "between can also be used when talking about a distinct relationship of more than two individual items, groups, or people"

Kindly suggest which one from above is corrct bb generis.

Thanks in advance

Posted from my mobile device



When you name the items, its between. If they are not distinct items , among is to be used. google among vs between you will find an artile from quick and dirty tips.com
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