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 Words that mean almost the same thing

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Often, two words that mean almost the same thing may not be entirely appropriate in two different settings. What do you think about this question?

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The gang ______________ with the money after they robbed the bank.

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While migrate does indeed mean something close to “to move”, it really isn’t appropriate in this context. The word “abscond” has a more suitable connotation here; thus, it is the correct answer.

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 More Trigger Words

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Remember to always look out for trigger words, or words that change or limit the direction of a sentence in some way. What are some trigger words in the following sentence?

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Imageist poets are often criticized as shallow, because their work conveys only a physical picture, and does not contain a(n) _______ meaning.

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The words “only” and “not” place significant logical restrictions and directions on the word in the blank. What are some other common trigger words you know?

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 Relying On Your Instincts

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Every now and then, the GRE will throw you softball – a question that appeals to both your instincts and your grammatical knowledge. If you happen to stumble upon a question like this and recognize it quickly, go with your instincts and move to the next question quickly! How quickly can you get the answer to this question of the day?

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His success as an economist _______ his wildest dreams; he had never imagined that he would make so much money so quickly.

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The clues in this question are comprehensive; in fact, the entire second half of the sentence can be used to find the answer. If you come across a question that you feel very comfortable with, carefully but quickly choose and answer and move on! You can use the time you save to improve your selections on tougher questions in the same section.