## GMAT Idioms Flashcards

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# GMAT Idioms Flashcards

 Able ___; Ability ___Able to; Ability to
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#### Definitions

Able ___; Ability ___ Able to; Ability to
Among vs. Between Use between when referring to two items or groups, among when referring to three or more
Amount vs. Number Use amount when referring to an uncountable quantity, like soup or live, and number when referring to countable things, like jelly beans or people
As vs. Like Use like to compare nouns; use as to compare actions- in other words, use as when what follows is a clause
As... ___ As ... as
Associate ___ Associate with
At least as ... ___ At least as ... as
Attribute ___ Attribute to
Believe ___ Believe to be
Between ... ___ ... Between ... and ...
Both vs. Each Use both when pointing out similarities; use each when pointing out differences. Note that each is always singular.
Compare to vs. Compare with On the GMAT, compare with is the generally preferred form. Use compare to to point out an abstract or figurative likeness, and compare with to consider likenesses and differences in general.
Connection ___ Connection between
Consequence ___ Consequence of
Consider "I consider you a very good friend"
Continue ___ Continue to
Contrast ___ Contrast with
Credit ___ Credit with
Debate ___ Debate over
Decide ___ Decide to
Define ___ Define as
Different ___ Different from
Difficult ___ Difficult to
Dispute ___ Dispute over
Distinguish ___ ... and ... Distinguish between ... and ...
Distinguish ... ___ ... Distinguish ... from ...
Double vs. Twice On the GMAT, double is only used as a verb; when making a comparison, the preferred form is twice. He promised to double the company's profits in less than a year. I ate twice as much as you did.
Each other vs. One another In GMAT English, each other is used to refer to two things, and one another is used for three or more.
Either ... ___ ... Either ... or ...
-er ___ -er than
Extent __ ____ Extent to which
Estimate __ ____ Estimate to be
Fewer vs. Less Use fewer to describe countable things, like jelly beans or people, and less to describe an uncountable quantity, like soup or love.
Forbid ___ Forbid to
From ... ___ ... From ... to ...
Just as ... __ ___ .... Just as ... so too ...
If vs. Whether If you are given a choice on the GMAT, choose whether. On the GMAT, if is reserved for conditional if-then statements.
In danger ___ In danger of
Like vs. Such as If you are given a choice on the GMAT, choose such as. The GMAT writers prefer such as to like when what follows are examples; to these writers, like means "similar to"
Likely __ Likely to
Model ___ Model after
More ___ More than
Native ___ Use native to meaning "indigenous to" when discussing plants, animals, and the like. Use a native of when discussing people and where they were born.
Neither ... ___ ... Neither ... nor ... What follows nor determines whether the verb is singular or plural
Not ... ___ ... Not ... but [rather, merely] ...
Not only ... ___ ___ ... Not only ... but also ...
Not so ... ____ Not so ... as
Not so much ... ___ ... Not so much ... as ...
Opposition ___ Opposition to
Perceive ___ Perceive as
Prohibit ___ Prohibit from
Range from ... ____ ... Range from ... to ...
Regard ___ Regard as
Require ___ Require to
Resistance ___ Resistance to
Same ___ Same as
Seem ___ Seem to
So ... __ __ __ ... So ... as to be... My new computer game is so entertaining as to be genuinely addictive
So ... ___ So ... that. In fact, it's so addictive that I spend several hours playing it.
Superior ___ Superior to
Target ___ Target at
the -er ... ___ ___ ... the -er ... the -er ..
Try ___ Try to
Use ___ Use as
View ___ View as
Ability ___ Ability to
Allow ___ Allow to
As ... __ ... As ... as ...
Believe ___ Believe that, Believe to be.
Both ... ___ ... Both ... and ...
... enough ____ enough to

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