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a long face 'Why have you got such a long face?' 'I just lost all my money in the casino.'
ability ability to \nCorrect Usage: Bats have the ability to fly in the dark \nIncorrect Usage: Bats have ability of flying in the dark
act act as A big tree can act as an umbrella in the rain. act like = behave in a certain way "Please stop acting like a child", said the mother to the teenager.
agree agree (up)on Let's try to agree upon a date for the vacation We agreed to go to the play together. agree to We agreed to share the lottery prize.
aid aid in The explorers needed aid in finding drinking water.
allow allow for Allowing for his youth and lack of experience, I forgave him completely for his oversight.
appeal appeal to The idea of a vacation to Florida this winter appeals to me a lot.
danger are in danger of Correct: These days, fewer people are in danger of dying due to bacteria related diseases. Incorrect: These days, fewer people are in danger to die due to bac rel dis. These days, fewer people have a danger of dying due to bac rel dis
adolescent as an adolescent Correct Usage: As an adolescent, he suffered from acne. Incorrect Usage: While in adolescence, he suffered from acne.
good as good as She owes me an apology - she as good as called me a liar.
ask ask for The child asked for a glass of water The diners asked the waiter for a type of wine the restaurant didn't have.
associate associate with I always associate Water with pizza for some reason
attend attend to Please attend to your teacher's instructions
attribute attribute to We attribute our success to your good advice
base base on I based my opinion upon my own seasoned judgment.
daylight begin to see daylight I've been working on my thesis for two years, and at last I'm beginning to see daylight.
between between x and y Correct Usage: He had to choose between studying or going to play. Incorrect Usage: He had to choose between studying with going to play.
burn the candle burn the candle at both ends She'd been burning the candle at both ends studying for her exams and made herself ill.
care care about I care very much about my family. care for I don't care for sweet desserts
choose choose for I chose a funny card for his birthday. choose as We will choose her as our representative.
claim claim to or claim that He claims that he can run backwards. Columbus laid claim to America through the cunning use of flags.
dead end come to a dead end I've come to a dead end. I'm fresh out of ideas. He compared himself to one of the knights of the round table.
compare compare with Let's compare the virtues of savings accounts with investing in bonds.
composed composed of The committee is composed of people from every department.
consider consider (as) I don't consider you as a possible candidate I consider myself an excellent athlete.
contend contend with I don't want to have to contend for the job with Ed
continue continue with Do you mind if I continue with my knitting as we talk?
conform conform to Does my casual dress conform to your regulations? conform with Does this part conform with the specifications?
consider consider x y Correct: Michael Owen is a good football player, but not generally considered an all time great. Incorrect: Michael Own is a good football player, but not generally considered to be an all time great.
contrast In Contrast to In contrast to previous reports, one senior British official suggested an attack was not imminent, contrast with The black one contrasts nicely with the white one.
count count on We can count on Bill to get the job done.
credit-1 to credit with Correct: Newton is credited with discovering the laws of motion Incorrect: - Newton is credited as discovering the la_of_mo - Newton is credited to having discovered the la_of_mo - Newton is credited for discovering the la of mot
debate debate about The candidates debate about taxes tomorrow debate on Are they still debating on the question?
decide decide on I decided on the chocolate flavored ice cream.
declared declared unconstitutional Correct Usage: The Dictator declared all fundamental rights unconstitutional. Incorrect Usage: The Dictator declared all fundamental rights as unconstitutional.
define define as We have to define that comment as careless and unthinking.
delighted delighted to I'm delighted to make your acquaintance,
different different from I am very different from my twin sister.
disclose disclose to Please disclose the names to me at once.
distinguish distinguish between Psychopaths cannot distinguish between right and wrong. distinguish from Psoriatic arthritis can be difficult to distinguish from rheumatoid arthritis
draw-1 draw a line Let's draw a line under the whole episode and try to continue our work in a more positive frame of mind. draw attention to Now, I would like to draw your attention to Fred, the gentleman we have all heard so much about
dream dream about I dreamed about you all night last night. dream of I dreamed of a huge chocolate cake.
dwindle dwindle away noise dwindled away to nothing.
easier easier said than done finding a good job is easier said than done.
easy easy to come by A good job is not very easy to come by
either either x or y The money is either in my wallet or I have lost it.
elect elect as She was elected as our president. elect to We elected you to office, so do your job.
emerge emerge as The caterpillar would emerge as a butterfly in a short time
enable enable to This money will enable me to open my own business
encourage encourage in We want to encourage her in her musical career encourage to We encouraged her to develop her musical talents
enough enough to Correct Usage: The Kid was not tall enough to go on to the ride. Incorrect Usage: The Kid was short enough not to go on the ride.
escape escape from I wish to escape from my addiction. escape to Max escaped from prison to a hideout in Alabama. escape notice I'm sorry. Your letter escaped my notice.
essential essential to Heat is essential to life.
estimated estimated to be Correct Usage: The antique picture was estimated to be worth much more than the floor price. Incorrect Usage: The antique picture's worth was estimated at much more than the floor price.
except except for The car is beautiful and perfect, except for one thing - the price Except for being good with numbers, she wasn't anything great.
expected expected to Correct Usage: The king was expected to protect his people. Incorrect Usage: The king is expected that it should protect his people.
explain explain oneself Jo Cooper? You had better explain yourself, and it had better be good. explain to Please explain the experiment to me. explain away You will find it hard to explain away all these mistakes
expose expose to Do not expose the film to the light.
fail fail on The teacher failed half the class on the assignment fail in I hope I do not fail in math.
flee flee from The children fled from the wrath of the old man. flee to The little mouse fled to its hole in the wall when the cat came around.
focus focus on Let's focus our attention on Tom and discuss his achievements so far.
forbid forbid to They forbade them to enter the castle forbid from They forbade them from entering the castle.
go to the mat go to the mat When he believes in a project, he's willing to go to the mat for it.
grow grow from Can you grow a mango tree from a seed? grow into The child grew into a tall, powerful athlete. grow out of A big argument has grown out of a tiny disagreement!
have a run have a run of something I had a run of bad luck at the casino
help help (someone) (get) over something I helped the puppy over the barrier.
contrast in contrast to or in contrast with Correct: In contrast to his earlier self, the athlete appeared weak & frail. In contrast with his earlier self, the athlete appeared weak. Incorrect: As contrasted with his earlier self, the athlete appeared weak
include include someone out I am not interested in your games. Include me out of them.
independent independent of His reasoning was flawed, and appeared to be independent of any logic. independent from 'The children have been independent from their parents
indicate indicate that Studies indicate that women actually live longer than men. indicate to Fred indicated his assent to me.
indifferent indifferent towards Can you make yourself indifferent towards someone you might love?
in order to in order to Correct Usage: She began dating the playboy in order to go to the best parties. Incorrect Usage: She began dating the playboy in order that she got to go to the best parties.
inherit inherit from My dark hair was inherited from my father.
invest invest in I invested five weeks of my time building this model ship. invest with The constitution invests the vice president with the authority to act on the president's behalf in certain conditions.
isolated isolated from We isolated the children from the source of the disease
just just as x, so y Just as Kate was considered for a seat at Harvard Business School, so was Tina.
known known to Correct Usage: Even as a young boy he was known to explore different ways of doing things. Incorrect Usage: Even as a young boy, he was known as wanting to explore different ways of doing things.
lead lead away The trainer led away the dog from the other animals. lead to a life of crime will lead to inevitable sorrow.
left, right and centre left, right and centre The rebels were firing at people left, right and centre.
localized localized in Are International Charities Becoming More Localized in the Economic Cris
manage manage with I am sure we can manage with the money that we have
a means a means to Correct Usage: For some people, mobile phones are just a means to an end. Incorrect Usage: - For some people, mobile phones are a means for an end. - For some people, mobile phones are a means of an end.
mistake mistake x for y Correct Usage: Because of the sisters' similar looks, one was often mistaken for the other Incorrect Usage: Because of the sisters' similar looks, one was often mistaken as the other
modeled modeled after Robot Modeled After Bat And Dolphin Echolocation Behavior
more than more than ever Correct Usage: I regret more than ever not getting into HBS Incorrect Usage: I regret more than never not getting into HBS
much much as Much as she needed the job, she had to refuse.
native native of Svetlana is a native of Poland native to The cobra is native to Africa
necessary necessary to Lisa deemed it necessary to go home.
originate originate from Some of our customs originate from old beliefs originate in All your troubles originate in your lungs. originate with This idea originated with the committee.
permit permit (someone) through Would you permit me through the door? permit up She would not permit me up the ladder
prized prized above He prized his only daughter above everyone else in the world prized as pink corals have been prized as jewelry for 5000 years prized for Gold Jewellery Has Been Prized for Thousands of Years
prohibit prohibit from Correct Usage: Only when we prohibit people from driving fast will we reduce the number of accidents. Incorrect Usage: Only when we prohibit people to drive fast will we reduce the number of accidents.
promise promise the moon My boss promised the moon, but never gave me a raise promise to Is this book promised to anyone?
range range from The winter weather ranges from bad to terrible in this part of the north. range over These animals range over a very large territory
reluctant reluctant to Correct Usage: The child was reluctant to jump into the deep end of the pool. Incorrect Usage: The child was reluctant about jumping into the deep end of the pool.
refer refer to My doctor referred me to a specialist.
regard regard as I have always regarded you as my friend.
required required to The employees were required to hand over the pass when the quit the company. require of What is required of me in this job?
resemble resemble in This resembles vanilla ice cream in flavor, but not in consistency.
result result from It will be interesting to see what results from your efforts. result in I hope that this will result in the police finding your car.
rival rival in No one rivals Ted in pitching a baseball.
sacrifice sacrifice for Would you sacrifice your bank account for a chance to go to Europe? sacrifice to I sacrificed a lot of money to a fancy lifestyle
seem seem like seemed like such a nice person when I met you. seem to Correct Usage: The officer went to question the man who seemed to be hiding something. Incorrect Usage: The officer went to question the man who seemed like hiding something.
seek seek out Liz sought out a helper for Karen. seek from We will seek an injunction from the judge seek after will continue to seek after the thief who stole my car. seek revenge I will not seek revenge for what he did to me.
sequence sequence of The sequence of events folded step by step
speak-1 speak about And now I will speak about Abraham Lincoln. speak against Please don't speak against cats in my presence. speak down to (Talk in simple language) There is no need to speak down to me. I can understand anything you are likely to say.
speak-2 speak from Believe me, I speak from experience. speak up I want to speak up for the rights of students. speak volumes The unsightly yard and unpainted house speaks volumes about what kind of people live there.
speak-3 speak with He did what? I will speak with him! speak for Is the experiment a success? I think the numbers speak for themselves
advantage take advantage of to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. good advantage Having and using a large vocabulary shows your intelligence to good advantage.
target target at Correct Usage: The uncomplimentary remarks were targeted at the host. Incorrect Usage: The uncomplimentary remarks were targeted to the host.
think think of or think to be Correct Usage: - I think of him as my best friend. - I think him to be my best friend.
train train to Correct Usage: He was trained to become an athlete ever since he was a child. Incorrect Usage: He was trained as an athlete ever since he was a child.
try try to or try and Correct Usage: He tried to start afresh after the set back. Incorrect Usage: He tried and started afresh after the set back.
unlike unlike x, y Unlike Tom, Brenda loves to go shopping
used used as Correct Usage: language can be used as a weapon Incorrect Usage: language can be used like a weapon.
among vs Between Among is used when more than two items are in question, between is used when there are only two items: e.g. I have to choose between studying & watching a movie. I have been admitted to several schools. I now need to choose the best among them.
both vs Each Both Vs Each Use "both" to point similarities, "each" to point differences. "Each" is always singular
Twice Vs Double Twice Vs Double Use "twice, thrice" for comparison; "double, triple" is used as a verb only.
Each Other Vs One another Each Other Vs One another "each other" is for two things; "one another" for more than two.
If v/s Whether If v/s Whether If there is a choice between the two, use "whether". On GMAT, "if" is primarily for if/then type sentences.
like v/s such as like v/s such as Use "such as" when possible. On GMAT. "like" is used when implying "similar to"
draw-2 draw (up)on By the end of the contest I had drawn upon all the energy I had draw to He was drawn to the sports car.
credit-2 credit for Mary should get a lot of credit for the team's success. credit to We had to credit much of our success to simple good luck. credit with We have to credit Jeff with saving us a lot of money.
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