GMAT Idiom List

GMAT Idiom List

If you are weak in Sentence Correction, it is important to familiarize yourself with the list below.

Even if you are reasonably confident in the SC section, it still makes sense to look at the

Idioms marked with the asterix.


Some More idioms

    a debate over
    a lot
    a responsibility to
    a result of
    a sequence of
    agree with
    as an instance of
    as good as/or better than
    as great as
    as good as...or better than
    as much as
    attend to (someone)
    attribute X to Y/X is attributed to Y
    based on
    believe X to be Y
    both X and Y
    centers on
    concerned with
    conform to
    created with
    defined as
    depends on whether
    depicted as
    different from/differ from
    distinguishes between X and Y
    distinguish from
    doubt that
    enable to
    fascinated by
    forbid X to do Y
    identical with
    in contrast to
    independent from
    indifferent towards
    modeled after
    (no) more...than/(no) less...than
    more than ever
    not only...but also
    not so
    prohibits X from doing Y
    potential to
    range from X to Y
    regard as
    responsible for
    resulting in
    retroactive to
    so X as to be Y
    so (adjective) that
    subscribe to
    the same to X as to Y
    to contrast X with Y
    to mistake X for Y
    to result in
    to sacrifice X for Y
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    able + infinitive
    access to
    agree on + noun
    agree on + gerund
    agree to
    aid + person/thing
    allows for
    appeal to
    ask + infinitive
    ask + person + infinitive
    *associate with
    *attribute to


    *base on
    begin + infinitive
    boom in

    built by


    care about
    care for
    centers on + person/thing
    choose + infinitive
    to be + composed of + thing
    consistent with
    contend that
    *consider + person/thing
    continue + infinitive
    contrast A with B
    convert to
    *compare A to B

    *compare A with B

    *count on + person/thing
    to credit with
    give credit for


    are in danger of + gerund
    decide + infinitive
    decide on + thing/person
    delighted by
    depend on
    *different from
    difficult + infinitive
    disclose to + person/organization
    *distinguish between X and Y
    *distinguish X from Y
    draw on (take out)
    draw + thing
    to be drawn to + thing/person
    *dream of/about
    dwindle from


    easy to
    elect to
    elect + person
    emerges from
    *enable + person + infinitive
    *encourage + person + infinitive
    escape from
    to be + essential to + person/thing
    except for + person/thing
    except for + gerund
    explain to
    expose to


    fail to
    flee from
    *forbid to
    force + thing/person + infinitive
    focus on + thing/person


    get credit for/give credit for
    grow from

    grow out of


    help + thing/person + infinitive


    indicate that
    indicate to + person

    inherit from
    invest in


    leads to
    localized in


    Manage to
    *make + thing/person + verb (simple form)
    *mistake + thing/person + for


    *native to
    *a native of
    need to
    to be + necessary + infinitive


    Originate in


    *permit + thing/person + infinitive
    prized as
    prized for
    *prohibit from + gerund
    promise of + thing
    promise to
    published by
    published in


    *range from X to Y
    refer to
    *regard as
    require + thing/person + infinitive
    resemble + thing/person
    results in
    results from
    rivalry between X and Y
    *the rivals X and Y


    Save for
    save from
    seek + infinitive
    seek + thing/person
    seem + infinitive
    sleep with
    speak to + person
    speak with + person


    Take advantage of
    teach + person + infinitive
    teach + person + thing
    tell + person
    tie to
    transmit to


    Use + person/thing + infinitive
    used + infinitive
    to be + used to + gerund


    to be + willing + infinitive

Tom is able to play the guitar with his toes.
Steve never has access to his dad's bank account.
Tom acts as a scout for GQ here in South America.
We agreed on the plan.
We agreed on going to town.
We agreed to go away.
The magnifying glass aided his search.
Your schedule does not allow for much time.
He wants to appeal to my good sense.
She is as tired as I am.
He asked to go home.
He asked me to go home.
We never associate with Steve – he is far too tacky!
His tackiness can be attributed to too many comic books as a child

I think that the movie Star Wars is based on a true story.
It soon began to rain.
There was a boom in the sale of yellow polka-dot bikinis as soon as
Natalia Paris tried one on.
The Avro Arrow was built by proud Canadians.

Who cares about that?
I don't care for your tone.
The story centers on the struggle for meaning in a chaotic universe.
I do it because I choose to do it.
The atom is composed of various parts.
Your story is not consistent with Joel's story.
Joel contends that you are lying.
I consider you a friend.
If you continue to do that we will not be friends.
If you contrast Bill with you Bob, you find....
The new device will convert matter to energy.
Caliban is compared to a beast in Shakespeare's The Tempest.
(compare to stresses similarities).
Compared with you, I cannot sing well at all.
(compare with stresses differences).
I count on you for the correct answers.
Columbus is credited with discovering the Americas.
I have to give you credit for working so hard.

The robber was in danger of being captured.
We decided to leave the party early.
We decided on the all-meat pizza.
Steve was delighted by the new findings.
Steve depends on Joel for financial support.
Canadians are very different from Americans.
Steve finds it difficult to dance to Latin music.
Joel decided to disclose to the world the truth about Steve's crazy ideas.
I want to distinguish between London and Paris.
If you distinguish London from Paris....
Unlike Felix, Steve can draw on funds from Joel's bank account.
The tattoo artist drew a lovely flower on Joel's left bicep.
Women are drawn to Steve's bulging muscles.
Natalia Paris often dreams about Steve.
Mr. Bolton's bank account dwindled from one thousand dollars to less
than half that in less than a week.

It's easy to see why Mark is so popular.
Mark will be elected to the Congress in 2016.
We elected Steve as our office "gopher".
The snail emerges from its shell.
My job enables me to travel.
We encouraged him to paint.
Steve wishes to escape from grinding poverty.
Coffee is essential to me, especially in the morning.
Everyone is here except for the teacher.
Except for being handsome, he wasn't very special.
Juan explained to Steve the difference between salsa and merengue.
Steve is exposed to intense ridicule every day of his life.

We fail to see the humor in these sentences.
Steve fled from their sharp criticisms.
We forbid you to go.
This mishap forces me to plan ahead.
I want to focus on our mutual problem.

I have to give you credit for your good work.
Joel predicts that Test Tutor will grow from a small company to a major
multinational within five years.
Steve grew out of his overalls just last year.

Music helps me to think.

Studies indicate that people with gray hair are smarter than the majority.
Steve's constant worrying over his gray hair indicates to me a serious
self-esteem problem.

Steve inherits his gray hair from his mother's family.
Steve should invest in hair dye.

Lack of exercise leads to obesity.
The pain is localized in my left foot.

You've managed to screw this up again, Steve.
Chocolate makes me think of Switzerland.
I'm sorry. I mistook you for someone else.

Penguins are native to the Antarctic.
Steve is a native of Canada.
Steve needs to think of some better sentences.
It is necessary to be creative.

Liberalism, as we know it, originated in 17th century England.

Money permits us to live a comfortable life.
Stephen is prized as a teacher in Bogota.
Stephen is prized for his ability to dance the salsa.
In school, we were prohibited from fighting.
The promise of success drove us to the mountain's peak.
I promise to tell the truth more often – I swear.
Joel's first novel Love and the GMAT is published by ETS.
Steve's first novel will be published in March.

His clients range from multinationals to the smallest businesses.
I wish to refer to the latest work by Foucault....
She is regarded as an expert.
My work requires me to travel.
Steve resembles a young Charles Atlas.
Rough play often results in injuries.
Injuries often result from rough play.
The rivalry between Joel and Enrique Iglesias is legendary.
The rivals Enrique and Joel quarreled often.

Save for that inconvenience, the trip was a success.
They saved me from another boring party.
He seeks to save your soul.
I seek the truth.
You seem to be sleepy today.
I can sleep with whoever I want!
I spoke to my secretary about the report I wanted.
I spoke with my colleague about the upcoming report.

Steve loves to take advantage of those around him.
She taught Jim to dance.
She taught Jim the lambada.
She told him that he was a terrible dancer.
The rope is tied to the chair.
We transmitted the e-mail to him.

I use a light to read.
Years ago, he used to walk every day to work.
He is used to walking to work.

Fortunately, he was willing to help us.
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