HSPT Verbal : Verbal Classifications: Verbs

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Example Question #1 : Verbal Classifications: Verbs

Which word does not belong with the others?

Possible Answers:

intervene

operate

insinuate

translate

mediate

Correct answer:

operate

Explanation:

All of the related words here have to do with some process of “standing between” two things. Someone “mediates” by attempting to help two parties agree. (More generally, the term can mean “to be a link between two things”). An intervention is an action by which something is stopped by means of some obstacle (literally or metaphorically). To translate is “carry” the meaning from one language to another. (The “-late” portion " the word literally means “carry”!). To insinuate can mean “to make a suggestion indirectly;” however, it can also mean “to manipulate a situation so as to place oneself into some favorable position.” Only “operate” does not convey this sense of “mediation” found in all the other options.

Example Question #1 : Verbal Classifications: Verbs

Which word does not belong with the others?

Possible Answers:

determine

describe

specify

explicate

recount

Correct answer:

recount

Explanation:

Each of the related words describes some action of making an idea more specific or explicit. For instance, to specify the details of an order is to “spell out” the exact details of that order.  A description can be seen as an itemizing or something in order to make it known in its details. When we “determine” to do something, we choose a certain actual thing to do after having had a number of potential activities. To explicate is to explain, often implying detailed analysis. Only “recount” has little to do with any of these other words. It means to “retell” as in “recounting a story.” This might be a nice detailed account, but the word does not necessarily signify such detail. 

Example Question #2 : Verbal Classifications: Verbs

Which word does not belong with the others?

Possible Answers:

look

inspect

stare

scrutinize

gaze

Correct answer:

stare

Explanation:

Although all of these words pertain to looking or observing something, notice that the group of related words are all joined by the added notion of being intent or focused. You likely know “stare,” “gaze,” and “inspect.” The word “scrutinize” means “to examine very carefully.” In comparison with all of these focused kinds of observation, “look” is much weaker and hence fits least in the group of words.

Example Question #4 : Verbal Classifications: Verbs

Which word does not belong with the others?

Possible Answers:

stumble

blunder

lurch

shuffle

trip

Correct answer:

shuffle

Explanation:

All of the words provided indicate some state of affairs when someone is unable to walk in a proper manner; however, note that the incorrect options all pertain to somewhat disastrous types of fumbling about. When someone stumbles, he or she nearly falls while walking about. A blundering person is clumsy. Someone lurching is uncontrolled in his or her movement. To “shuffle along” merely means to walk without picking up your feet. While not the best way of transporting oneself, this is not quite so extreme as the other cases.

Example Question #3 : Verbal Classifications: Verbs

Which word does not belong with the others?

Possible Answers:

detest

despise

dislike

loathe

abhor

Correct answer:

dislike

Explanation:

Notice that all of the incorrect options describe a state of affairs in which someone or something is hated to a great degree. Indeed, most of the words are synonyms. The one exception is “despise” which means “to feel contempt for someone or something.” This is because the word comes from literal roots meaning “to look down on.” Still, all of these words indicate a state of affairs in which something is disliked to a great degree. In contrast with this, the very weak word “dislike” stands out as not fitting into the group.

Example Question #6 : Verbal Classifications: Verbs

Which word does not belong with the others?

Possible Answers:

assert

approve

uphold

endorse

acknowledge

Correct answer:

assert

Explanation:

Each of the related words indicate an action of approving some idea or thing. To acknowledge something is to admit that it is true. To uphold an idea is to support it or maintain it (perhaps in spite of opposition). To endorse is to declare publicly that you believe something. In contrast to these words, “assert” adds the additional notion of strongly stating something that is approved or acknowledged, often with the implication that such asserting is being done in order to convince the other person.

Example Question #3 : Verbal Classifications: Verbs

Which word does not belong with the others?

Possible Answers:

gulp

peck

nip

nibble

sip

Correct answer:

gulp

Explanation:

Each of the related words describe some small type of small eating or drinking action, not taking a large quantity in any bite or drink. In contrast to these, “gulp” is a much larger type of eating / drinking, hence not fitting with the overall group.

Example Question #8 : Verbal Classifications: Verbs

Which word does not belong with the others?

Possible Answers:

fizz

blare

crackle

sizzle

hiss

Correct answer:

blare

Explanation:

Each of the related words here are examples of very soft sounds. In comparison with them, the word “blare” describes a loud and often harsh sound—like the blaring of a siren. Since all the others are soft sounds, this one loud sound does not fit with the whole group of sounds.

Example Question #4 : Verbal Classifications: Verbs

Which word does not belong with the others?

Possible Answers:

praise

acclaim

adulate

extol

laud

Correct answer:

praise

Explanation:

Note that all of these words pertain to praise in some manner but likewise note that they do not indicate the same “amount” or “intensity of praise.” All of the incorrect options are expressions of great, enthusiastic praise. To “laud” is to praise enthusiastically, often publically. “Acclaim” is related to words like “clamorous” and “proclaim,” both of which come from the Latin for “to shout.” An “acclamation” is loudly spoken praise. To “adulate” is to praise someone so greatly that it might even seem fawning or like a servant to a master. Finally, “extol” likewise means “to praise with enthusiasm.” In comparison with all of these, “praise” is a rather weak work.

Example Question #10 : Verbal Classifications: Verbs

Which word does not belong with the others?

Possible Answers:

criticize

object

disapprove

condemn

critique

Correct answer:

condemn

Explanation:

All of these options can pertain to disapproval of something or at least some aspect of something. While the four incorrect answers all have different aspects of critiquing, the general sense is this somewhat general notion of having some negative judgment regarding the thing being disapproved, objected to, criticized and so forth. Note however that “condemn” implies an unqualified, strong critique, thus surpassing the general notion shared by the other options. It thus is the word that least fits among the options provided.

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