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 #71 : Text Completion

Travelling from one town to the next, Jason felt more like a                   than a citizen of any one locale.

Possible Answers:

miscreant

rascal

stranger

migrant

beggar

Correct answer:

migrant

Explanation:

The sense that fits the blank is that Jason feels like a person that is unrooted from any single place. It might be tempting to imagine that such a person is a rascal, a miscreant, or perhaps even a beggar; however, these words do not capture the sense of being unrooted as much as effects often following on that. The same goes for "stranger," though in a slightly more removed way; therefore, the word that makes the most sense is "migrant."

Example Question #71 : Text Completion

His mother decided to give him a sense of __________ by sending him to a manners class.

Possible Answers:

affability

debility

animalism

decorum

obsequiousness

Correct answer:

decorum

Explanation:

The manners class will give the boy the missing word, so the correct answer will be related to manners. "Decorum," which signifies a correct behavior, is the only answer choice that makes sense in the sentence.

Example Question #11 : Nouns In One Blank Texts

His __________ was legendary, with his most notable contribution being the city's massive art museum.

Possible Answers:

largess

debility

cynicism

parsimony

puritanicalism

Correct answer:

largess

Explanation:

The fact that the subject of the sentence gave an art museum indicates he was quite generous. Of all the answer choices, only "largess" means generosity or giving.

Example Question #72 : Text Completion

His love of cats soon became an _____________, and he soon adopted any stray he found.

Possible Answers:

obsession

therapy

portent

largess

decorum

Correct answer:

obsession

Explanation:

All the answer choices can make some level of sense in the sentence, so the task is to find the best choice. The man is essentially seeking out cats all the time, so the correct answer needs to indicate the way his love of cats is dominating his life. "Obsession," meaning a concern that overtakes someone completely, is the best answer choice.

Example Question #31 : One Blank Texts

The track star did not excel at one single event, but was a champion in the __________ because he could do many events quite well.

Possible Answers:

javelin

decathalon

relay

sprint

marathon

Correct answer:

decathalon

Explanation:

All of the answer choices are track events, but the answer needs to reflect the "many events" in which the athlete excels. "Decathalon," meaning a competition of ten events, should immediately stick out. The root deca- means ten, and decathalon is the only answer choice that reflects many events.

Example Question #11 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The scandalized politician launched ______________ against his accusers, screaming obscenities and calling them names.

Possible Answers:

apologetics

campaigns

expositions

tirades

examinations

Correct answer:

tirades

Explanation:

The key element in the sentence is the obscenities and name-calling. The politician is giving not just any speech, but a nasty one full of hatred and abuse. The only answer choice that fits the sentence then, is "tirade," which means a speech full of nasty words and hatred.

Example Question #81 : Text Completion

The new president refused to comment on the previous regime's policies, out of ___________ to his predecessor.

Possible Answers:

hostility

animosity

officiousness

deference

posterity

Correct answer:

deference

Explanation:

The new president is attempting to show respect and possibly admiration for his predecessor, without commenting or saying too much information. "Deference," which means a polite respect, is the only answer choice that fits the sentence.

Example Question #41 : One Blank Texts

The ballplayer was highly suspicious, and considered music in the clubhouse a ________ for a loss.

Possible Answers:

portent

eulogy

tome

bulwark

blunderbess

Correct answer:

portent

Explanation:

The fact the ballplayer was suspicious means he was on the lookout for coincidences and signs. "Portent," which means an omen or warning sign, is the correct answer choice.

Example Question #41 : One Blank Texts

He had just published a large work on Medieval France, but was still promising a __________ on the Norman Kings of England within the year.

Possible Answers:

pamphlet

portent

missive

tenet

tome

Correct answer:

tome

Explanation:

The structure of the sentence effectively pairs the two works mentioned, so the missing word is similar to "large work." "Tome," which means a very large book, is the correct answer choice.

Example Question #331 : Gre Verbal Reasoning

He had always been fascinated by _____________, loving how different roots came together to form words.

Possible Answers:

zoology

colonialism

etymology

entomology

existentialism

Correct answer:

etymology

Explanation:

This sentence requires the exact knowledge of the choices' definitions. "Etymology" is the study of words and their origins, and is the correct answer.

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