Idioms are not hard and fast rules of grammar. Instead, they’re verbal habits and preferences that have become ingrained in the English language after many years of repeated use. But just because they’re not rules doesn’t mean we can use them any way we choose to; in fact, idioms can be one of the most difficult subjects for students to handle.
The GMAT includes many different idioms, each of which adheres to its own specific rules. To prepare for idiom questions, take a look at the list of common idioms below, split them into two lists – those you know and those you don’t know – and memorize the ones you don’t know. It also can help to start reading every day, as idioms appear in almost every kind of reading material available.
Look for these common tricks on GMAT questions:
- Consider, regard… as, think of…as: there is no “as” after “consider,” while both “regard” and “think of” need the “as.“
- To be/being: In general, avoid the construction to be/being because they are usually passive. To be/being are commonly used in junk answer choices.