SSAT Elementary Level Verbal : Tool to Use or Use to Tool

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SSAT Elementary Level Verbal

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Example Question #1 : Tool To Use Or Use To Tool

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Ear is to hearing as hand is to __________.

Possible Answers:

Smelling 

Foot 

Arm 

Sensing

Touching 

Correct answer:

Touching 

Explanation:

An "ear" is the part of the body used to hear, so to complete the analogy, you need to pick out an answer choice that describes what a hand is used to do. A hand is something you use for “touching" things, so "touching" is the correct answer.

Example Question #2 : Tool To Use Or Use To Tool

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Clothes are to wear as food is to __________.

Possible Answers:

eat 

drink 

demolish 

create 

wash 

Correct answer:

eat 

Explanation:

"Wear" is a verb that describes how you use clothes, so to solve this analogy you have to determine which of these answer choices is a verb that describes how you use food. The correct answer is “eat.” To help you, "demolish" means tear down or destroy.

Example Question #3 : Tool To Use Or Use To Tool

Complete this analogy.

Pen is to draw as __________.

Possible Answers:

tail is to cat

click is to mouse

wood is to saw

keyboard is to type

thread is to needle

Correct answer:

keyboard is to type

Explanation:

One uses a pen to draw, so we need to pick out an answer choice in which the first word is an object and the second word a verb which one uses that object to do. While “keyboard is to type,” “click is to mouse,” and “wood is to saw” might each look like a potentially correct answer, one does not use a click to mouse or wood to saw, so neither “click is to mouse” nor “wood is to saw” can be the correct answer. One can use a keyboard to type, however, just as one can use a pen to draw, so “keyboard is to type.”

Example Question #4 : Tool To Use Or Use To Tool

Complete this analogy.

Cook is to stove as __________.

Possible Answers:

chill is to refrigerator

saw is to wood

idea is to consider

washer is to wash

word is to sentence

Correct answer:

chill is to refrigerator

Explanation:

One uses a stove to cook things, so we need to pick out an answer choice in which the second word is an object or tool that is used to do the first verb to things. While “washer is to wash” might look like a potentially correct answer, its two words are in an incorrect order compared to our example (“wash” is not used to “washer” things), so it cannot be the correct answer. Refrigerators are used to chill things, though, just like stoves are used to cook things, so “chill is to refrigerator” is the correct answer.

Example Question #5 : Tool To Use Or Use To Tool

Book is to read as song is to . . .

Possible Answers:

run

paddle

walk

sing

dream

Correct answer:

sing

Explanation:

Since you read a book, we need to pick out a verb that describes what you do to a song. Since one sings a song just as one reads a book, "sing" is the correct answer.

Example Question #6 : Tool To Use Or Use To Tool

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Hunt is to gun as __________.

Possible Answers:

wet is to water

write is to pen

city is to state

ball is to helmet

cold is to ice

Correct answer:

write is to pen

Explanation:

A gun is used to hunt, just as a pen is used to write, so "pen is to write" is the correct answer.

Example Question #7 : Tool To Use Or Use To Tool

Complete this analogy.

Phone is to call as book is to __________.

Possible Answers:

read

clean

see

water

fly

Correct answer:

read

Explanation:

A "phone" is used for "calling" (making phone calls) just as a "book" is used for "reading," so "read" is the correct answer. Regarding incorrect answers, although you can "see" a book, this is not a description of its use, and "clean," "water," and "fly" have nothing to do with how books are used either.

Example Question #8 : Tool To Use Or Use To Tool

Complete this analogy.

Game is to play as __________.

Possible Answers:

clean is to burnish

red is to pink

fun is to boring

book is to read

wet is to dry

Correct answer:

book is to read

Explanation:

A game is played just as a book is read.

Example Question #9 : Tool To Use Or Use To Tool

Complete this analogy.

Pen is to write as scissors are to __________.

Possible Answers:

cut

mend

sharpen

drop

dull

Correct answer:

cut

Explanation:

You use scissors to cut things, just as you would use a pen to write. 

Example Question #10 : Tool To Use Or Use To Tool

Complete this analogy.

Keyboard is to typing as __________.

Possible Answers:

sock is to foot

hole is to cover

typewriter is to paper

brain is to head

pencil is to writing 

Correct answer:

pencil is to writing 

Explanation:

What does a computer have to do with typing? A keyboard can be used for typing, so look for an answer that represents the relationship something is to something you can do with it. "Pencil is to writing" is the best choice, because a pencil is used for writing. A hole can be covered, but it is not itself used to cover.

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