Lesson: Idioms

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The idiom list is here==> https://www.gmatprepnow.com/sites/all/themes/gmat/images/GMAT_Idiom_List.pdf

Brent,
Can you please correct the sentence below? I found this in an article and am sure that the idiom 'not only but also' is incorrectly used.

Whether the president knew it or not, Russian mobsters and corrupt oligarchs not only used his properties to launder vast sums of money from extortion, drugs, gambling, racketeering but even as a base of operations for their criminal activities.

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Yeesh, that's a tough one to correct.

How about: "...Russian mobsters and corrupt oligarchs not only used his properties to X, Y, and Z, but also used his properties as a base of operations for their criminal activities."

Her name is Delores, not Mulva.....:)
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Agreed :-)

Hi Brent!
The idiom list has an idiom "forbid A to B". Is "forbid A from doing B" or just "forbid A from B" also correct?
Thanks,
Aashay
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"forbid A from doing B" and "forbid A from B" are not correct idioms.

That said, here some other valid uses of "forbid" in a sentence:
- The rules forbid smoking in the restroom.
- The contract forbids the union to strike.

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