GRE Verbal : Nouns and Verbs in Two-Blank Texts

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GRE Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #41 : Nouns And Verbs In Two Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Although the professor ____________ that the student’s question was legitimate, he insisted that it would have to be ______________ at another time.

Possible Answers:

behooved . . . deterred

interrogated . . . recalculated

alleged . . . forsworn

delegated . . . litigated

conceded . . . adjudicated

Correct answer:

conceded . . . adjudicated

Explanation:

The most basic word that you might choose for the first blank is "admitted." This is the general meaning, and it provides a good place from which to start. The word "conceded" means to admit that something is true. In this case, the professor is offering a concession, namely, that the question is legitimate. (Of course, this is not the same thing as saying that the professor was wrong.) The second blank hints that the matter would have to be decided upon another time. The word "adjudicated" means just this. It comes from roots that are clearly related to "to judge."  An "adjudication" either such an act of judging or the very judgment itself. (Hence, we can say that a judge hands down an adjudication on such-or-such a matter.)

Example Question #1599 : Gre Verbal Reasoning

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Although the storm did not cause ______________ in the area, it still managed to _______________ travel to the area for some time due to the damage that was done.

Possible Answers:

destruction . . . delay

marring . . . herald

harm . . . dither

felicity . . . wheedle

havoc . . . hamper

Correct answer:

havoc . . . hamper

Explanation:

Clearly, from the sentence's own words, the storm did cause damage. It seems, however, that it did not cause a lot of damage, such as to really prevent travel in the area. Hence, the word "havoc" is the best option among those provided, as it expresses this idea of causing a lot of damage, not merely some damage. The second blank is completed well by the word "hamper," meaning to obstruct or make more difficult.

Example Question #1600 : Gre Verbal Reasoning

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Although he was not initially _____________ to the proposal, Mark finally _______________ and joined in the group project.

Possible Answers:

amenable  . . . acquiesced

prosaic . . . saddled

flexible . . . sapped

profligate . . . languished

disputatious . . . wearied

Correct answer:

amenable  . . . acquiesced

Explanation:

The most basic meaning of the sentence is the best one for this question. Mark does not seem to have been open to the proposal at first. When someone is "amenable," he or she is willing to go along with something that is proposed to him or her.  Eventually, it seems that Mark "gave in," however. The word "acquiesced" comes from the same root as "quiet." Someone who "acquiesces" can be said to go in quietly—to give in to the proposal in the case of this sentence.

Example Question #1601 : Gre Verbal Reasoning

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

When the article _______________ that the candidate had a long and troubling history of _________________, there was a massive movement made by presidential supporters to boycott the paper.

Possible Answers:

exculpated . . . impropriety

insinuated . . . rectitude

rescinded . . . corruption

asserted . . . veracity

alleged . . . malfeasance

Correct answer:

alleged . . . malfeasance

Explanation:

The backlash made by the presidential supporters implies that something bad or denigrating had been written about the candidate. Therefore, we can cross “veracity” and “rectitude” off the list. To “allege” is to accuse without proof, and “malfeasance” means wrongful behavior by a public official. These two form the correct response.

Example Question #1602 : Gre Verbal Reasoning

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Although the _________________ of the Middle East has been in flux since the chaos following Arab Spring, the U.S still ______________ that intervention was the correct course of action.

Possible Answers:

paucity . . . vilifies 

temerity . . . plays

stability . . . asserts

scarcity . . . paucity

capacity . . . interjects

Correct answer:

stability . . . asserts

Explanation:

"Stability" makes since for the first answer, because the word "chaos" indicates that whatever is in flux must be the opposite of this word. The word "assert" makes sense as the verb choice, because the other verb choices doesn't make sense in the context of the blank.

Example Question #1603 : Gre Verbal Reasoning

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

He was a strict _______________ to the local church, unrivalled in his devotion. But after a neighboring chapel burned down and his congregation ______________ with another, he never passed through the church doors again.

Possible Answers:

defamer . . . coalesced

adherent . . . amalgamated

disciple . . . abated

aesthete . . . consolidated

votary . . . venerated

Correct answer:

adherent . . . amalgamated

Explanation:

If “aesthete” sounds like a plausible choice, know that it refers to a person who has a great love of art. “Aesthetic” is a similar word, which concerns the appreciation of beauty. An “adherent” is a supporter. To “amalgamate” means to mix or merge. “Adherent . . . amalgamated” is the correct response.

Example Question #1604 : Gre Verbal Reasoning

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

When the bickering grew louder, they ________________ the meeting in order to retain what little _____________ remained.

Possible Answers:

deferred . . . gaffe

adjourned . . . decorum

perpetuated . . . civility

protracted . . . propriety

suspended . . . ribaldry

Correct answer:

adjourned . . . decorum

Explanation:

“Ribaldry” is being indecent or vulgar. A “gaffe” is a mistake made in front of others. Neither of these words fit in the second blank. “Perpetuated” and “protracted” suggests that they lengthened the amount of time the meeting took, which would have been an unwise decision. “Decorum” is proper behavior. “Adjourned . . . decorum” is the correct answer.

Example Question #1605 : Gre Verbal Reasoning

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

He was always thinking ahead, especially in work; he had _____________ more than a thousand hours in vacation time so that he would have a(n) ______ in case something happened.

Possible Answers:

truncated . . . cushion

cumulated . . . apogee

amassed . . . canard

accrued . . . buffer

dissipated . . . bulwark

Correct answer:

accrued . . . buffer

Explanation:

To “truncate” means to shorten, which does not make sense given the context. If he was always thinking ahead, it’s only logical that he would save his hours for vacation in case he needed them sometime in the future. To “accrue” means to grow in value or size. A “buffer” is something that protects against annoyance or harm. Together, these form the correct answer.

Example Question #1606 : Gre Verbal Reasoning

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Virtual reality is sure to ______________ all of our current technologies; it will be as significant as the _____________ of the printing press.

Possible Answers:

supersede . . . extirpation

venerate . . . emergence

supplant . . . advent

oust . . . abolishment

mitigate . . . inauguration

Correct answer:

supplant . . . advent

Explanation:

“Mitigate . . . inauguration” is not a bad choice. “Mitigate” means to make milder or to lessen the force or influence; however, the word choice of “significant” and reference to the “printing press” implies that this will be a greater development than to simply “mitigate.” This will be revolutionary. It will take over. Thus, “supplant . . . advent” is the best answer.

Example Question #1607 : Gre Verbal Reasoning

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

He was a crowd favorite. His __________________ on the basketball court ________________ his small stature; however, the moment the whistle blew and the game started, he shut them up quickly with basket after basket.

Possible Answers:

antagonists . . . cajoled

associates . . . ridiculed

adversaries . . . derided

corrival . . . wheedled 

colleagues . . . disparaged

Correct answer:

adversaries . . . derided

Explanation:

“Cajole” and “wheedle” refer to influencing or persuading someone by flattery — neither of which are the word we want, given the context. For the first blank, it would seem likely that his allies are not looking down on his stature, especially considering that “he was a crowd favorite.” “Adversaries . . . derided” is the correct answer.

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