GRE Verbal : Parts of Speech in One-Blank Texts

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GRE Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #1134 : One Blank Texts

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

Robert Burns is considered the __________ Scottish poet, as his work is famous throughout Scotland and is seen to embody Scottish culture.

Possible Answers:

irrelevant

quintessential

dispensible

unimpressive

mediocre

Correct answer:

quintessential

Explanation:

The second half of the sentence indicates that Robert Burns is held in high regard, so "quintissential" is the best answer choice.

Example Question #1135 : One Blank Texts

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

Fred frequently looked back __________ on his time in the military, viewing it as the “glory days” that he could never recover.

Possible Answers:

thoughtfully

cynically

wistfully

angrily

despairingly

Correct answer:

wistfully

Explanation:

Fred’s view of his past “glory days” indicates the positive feelings towards the military Fred holds, ruling out "angrily" and "despairingly." "Thoughtfully" does not work because of the simple manner in which Fred regards his military experience.

Example Question #1136 : One Blank Texts

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

His demeanor was often considered ___________ due to his aloof manner and biting comments.

Possible Answers:

haughty

jolly

exemplary

conspicuous

gentlemanly

Correct answer:

haughty

Explanation:

Both “aloof manner” and “biting comments” tell us that the word we are looking for needs to indicate something poor about the subject’s personality. Only one word, “haughty,” carries such a meaning.

Example Question #1137 : One Blank Texts

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

Her fashion sense was considered quite __________, as it gave the impression she had not updated her wardrobe in years.

Possible Answers:

trendy

antiquated

pedestrian

avant-garde

exceptional

Correct answer:

antiquated

Explanation:

The inability of the woman to update her wardrobe indicates she is old-fashioned. This is the exact meaning of “antiquated,” making it the best fit for this sentence.

Example Question #1138 : One Blank Texts

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

The __________ texture of the airline pillow irritated Angela’s face and made her long flight all the more vexatious.

Possible Answers:

abrasive

dexterous

lustrous

monotonous

significant

Correct answer:

abrasive

Explanation:

You are looking for an adjective that would describe how a pillow might irritate someone’s face and make their flight "vexatious," or unpleasant. "Abrasive" means rough, coarse, or harsh, so is the only answer choice that fits the context of the sentence.

Example Question #1111 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

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

Thomas’ bookshelves were __________ with works of literature, especially his many beloved detective novels.

Possible Answers:

replete

formidable

destitute

noxious

vacuous

Correct answer:

replete

Explanation:

You are looking for an adjective that would describe Thomas’ “many” books on a bookshelf. Since "replete" means full, it is the only answer choice that fits the context of the sentence.

Example Question #1181 : Text Completion

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

Do not take for granted the time you have, asserts the playwright; life is more __________ than you think.

Possible Answers:

epistolary

ephemeral

resplendent

poignant

nugatory

Correct answer:

ephemeral

Explanation:

The playwright suggests that you should appreciate the time you have because life is fleeting. "Ephemeral" best completes the sentence because it means short-lived.

Example Question #1428 : Gre Verbal Reasoning

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

A workshop full of stately, handcrafted furniture was a testament to how __________ Wilson was at woodworking.

Possible Answers:

inept

timorous

adroit

erudite

brawny

Correct answer:

adroit

Explanation:

The sentence is describing how Wilson has made many pieces of “stately, handcrafted furniture.” You can infer that he is therefore "skilled" at woodworking, which is exactly what "adroit" means and why that is the best answer choice.

Example Question #1119 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

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

Her famous wit was as __________ as the chemicals she worked with, which could burn clean through the skin.

Possible Answers:

purified

arcane

infallible

caustic

pellucid

Correct answer:

caustic

Explanation:

We need words that make sense for both a sarcastic wit and corrosive chemicals, like "biting" and "caustic."

Example Question #1120 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

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

The man had charm and a sense of fun, but the lack of real content in his words eventually caused him to be dismissed as __________.

Possible Answers:

prosaic

enthralling

vacuous

infatuating

provocative

Correct answer:

vacuous

Explanation:

"Vacuous" means foolishly silly and empty, which seems to fit the description of this man. "Prosaic" means boring, and the description contradicts this.

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