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 Complex Relationships

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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.

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 Managing Logical Relationships

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There are often times where use of parallel reasoning or logical relationships must be used in order to determine the meaning of the blank. Check out the example below:

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Every occupation has its _______ and its drawbacks; for example, lawyers are paid well, but their jobs are time consuming.

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The analogy implied by the comparison to lawyers is what defines the blank, not the factual information. Logical relationships can be an important part of solving Sentence Completion questions, so keep an eye out for indicators of analogy or parallel reasoning (like “for example”).

verbalQ
 Finding the best (not right) answer

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One of the toughest concepts to fully master on the Verbal section of the GRE is the idea that there is no right answer. It is your responsibility as a student to find the best answer instead.

This is quite a deviation from the Quantitative section (or any math test), where well-defined answers are the status quo.

Did you know that a correct answer choice, when presented against another set of choices, may not remain correct? Try and pick out the best (again, not right) choice below.

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Because Mary thought that lying was __________, she refrained from lying and strongly disliked those who were not truthful.

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Subtle differences between answer choices, especially on difficult questions, can be the distinction between a right choice and a wrong choice. Although other choices may be appealing, the word “abominable” most accurately conveys Mary’s portrayed emotions in this sentence.

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 Difficult Vocabulary

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Although antonyms and analogies are gone, explicit vocabulary testing still remains on the GRE. How many of these answer choices do you know?

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Joe won a trip to the Greek Islands and he was trying to convince me to visit the _____________ with him.

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If you missed this question, don’t sweat it – this is definitely a category 5 hurricane. Have you checked your flash cards today?