GRE Verbal : Verbs in One-Blank Texts

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GRE Verbal

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Example Question #1 : Verbs In One Blank Texts

Mark was asked to __________ the professor of his arrival to class, so that they could discuss his recent performance on the final exam. 

Possible Answers:

caché

apprise

enshroud

ensconce

Correct answer:

apprise

Explanation:

Apprise—to give notice to; to inform.

Example Question #2 : Verbs In One Blank Texts

The author's disdain for his negligent mother was __________ the inclusion of the chapter in his novel involving a distant mother leaving her son alone on the streets to fend for himself.

Possible Answers:

lauded in

illluminated by

fraught with

marred with

obscured in

Correct answer:

illluminated by

Explanation:

The author is implied to have had a negligent mother, and this is alluded to in the inclusion of a chapter involving a negligent mother in his novel. As such, "illuminated by" makes sense in this sentence, as the inclusion of such a scene in his story would hint at the author's feelings about his own mother.

Example Question #3 : Verbs In One Blank Texts

The stray dog was skittish around humans, often __________ himself behind walls and trees when he heard people.

Possible Answers:

presenting

obscuring

stunning

breaching

broaching

Correct answer:

obscuring

Explanation:

The dog is essentially hiding from people when he hears them, and the correct answer will in some way be a synonym for hiding. Of all the answer choices, only obscuring means hiding or being unseen.

Example Question #4 : Verbs In One Blank Texts

With his handlebar mustache and loping walk, he ____________ the look of the nineteenth-century baseball player although he was simply reenacting the way the game was played.

Possible Answers:

epitomized

underscored

misappropriated

subverted

disassociated

Correct answer:

epitomized

Explanation:

The structure of the sentence indicates that the ballplayer looked exactly like a nineteenth-century player, despite not being one. The correct answer choice should indicate that he is a model. Epitomized, meaning "embodying and exemplifying the basic elements of something," is the correct answer choice.

Example Question #5 : Verbs In One Blank Texts

Although he ___________ in judging the distance across the lake, a strong wind propelled the skipper's boat in record time despite the miscalculation.

Possible Answers:

obscured

excelled

broached

triumphed

erred

Correct answer:

erred

Explanation:

The best word to find the correct answer is "miscalculation," and all the other words are extraneous distractions. The structure of the sentence places many words between the missing word and miscalculation, but the correct choice needs to be close in meaning to miscalculation. Only "erred," meaning to make a mistake, fits the correct meaning of the sentence.

Example Question #6 : Verbs In One Blank Texts

These specific kinds of headaches often ____________ a more serious medical condition is forthcoming.

Possible Answers:

defer

belie

portend

exaggerate

obviate

Correct answer:

portend

Explanation:

Some of the answer choices for this question have the ability to fit in this sentence, but the word "forthcoming" gives the best clue of the answer. "Portend," meaning to predict or foretell, is the only answer choice that indicates the headaches will signal a more serious condition.

Example Question #7 : Verbs In One Blank Texts

The employees tried to avoid calling attention to their boss' old mannerism, but ____________ could always be heard in meetings.

Possible Answers:

guffawing

tittering

shunning

lavishing

expectorating

Correct answer:

tittering

Explanation:

The tone and structure of the sentence make it clear the were trying not to embarass their boss, but could not avoid it.  "Tittering," which means to giggle quietly and softly, gives the appropriate meaning to the sentence.

Example Question #8 : Verbs In One Blank Texts

The teacher was concerned with the way her students dressed, but found it difficult to ____________ the topic of fashion.

Possible Answers:

broach

laud

annihilate

exhaust

examine

Correct answer:

broach

Explanation:

The sentence makes it clear the teacher was uncomfortable talking about fashion. The use of the phrase "found it difficult" means that the correct choice will be a word indicating starting a conversation or discussion, which is the definition of "broach."

Example Question #9 : Verbs In One Blank Texts

The most frightening side effect of the insecticide was that it often also caused the trees to _____________.

Possible Answers:

extirpate

undermine

extrapolate

defoliate

dehydrate

Correct answer:

defoliate

Explanation:

The key word in the whole sentence is "trees," as it means the correct answer needs to be word having to do with trees.  Of all the choices, only "defoliate," meaning to cause leaves to fall off, has anything to do with trees.

Example Question #10 : Verbs In One Blank Texts

His medical advice was often ridiculed, as he ______________ treatments like tea baths, milk diets, and twenty hours of sleep per day.

Possible Answers:

criticized

espoused

undermined

pondered

debunked

Correct answer:

espoused

Explanation:

While other people ridiculed the treatments, the subject is actively giving out the advice.  The correct answer will show he is lobbying and arguing for the treatments; therefore, "espoused," meaning to support or promote, is the correct answer.

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