Complex Relationships


Sometimes questions contain confusing or complex relationships and trigger words. In the following sentence, how does the description affect the word in the blank?

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Sometimes Brian’s mother wished that her son was not so naturally -------; he was always asking questions with answers too complicated or inappropriate to explain to such a young boy.

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This question contains a description, but it explicitly states that the mother wished that her son was not so “curious”. However complex this relationship may seem, it actually correlates positively with the blank in question, meaning that the blank also simply means “curious”. Especially on more difficult questions, the GRE commonly utilizes complex relationships and sentence structures to try to throw students off. Don’t let these devices fool you; stick to what you know and make sure you understand the sentence structure clearly before choosing an answer.