GRE Verbal : One-Blank Texts

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GRE Verbal

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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.

Example Question #1121 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

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

The farmer had trouble generating enough harvest on his land and envied his neightbor's __________ fields.

Possible Answers:

parsimonious

fecund

felicitous

impotent

meager

Correct answer:

fecund

Explanation:

"Fecund" means fertile and productive. "Felicitous," or apt, does not have quite the same connotation.

Example Question #1144 : One Blank Texts

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

The doctor was so __________ about helping the sick in developing countries that she left her home and opened a clinic.

Possible Answers:

congruent

ardent

enervated

temperate

arduous

Correct answer:

ardent

Explanation:

"Ardent" means passionate, and the doctor is passionate concerning the cause to leave her home. "Enervated" actually means weakened, while "arduous" means hard and demanding a lot of work, which does not fit a description of a person.

Example Question #1182 : Text Completion

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

Because of all the scams that exist on the web, no one dared give him their credit card number, even though he actually had a __________ online business.

Possible Answers:

spurious

transcendental

mendacious

fallacious

veritable

Correct answer:

veritable

Explanation:

The company is set apart from the scams, so it must be genuine or true, the definition of "veritable." "Fallacious," "spurious," and "mendacious" all imply that the business is false in some way, while "transcendental" does not make sense in context.

Example Question #1183 : Text Completion

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

He made a habit of __________ magazines at newsstands, but never bought any.

Possible Answers:

perusing

consecrating

recapitulating

effacing

belaboring

Correct answer:

perusing

Explanation:

The sentence indicates the subject deals with the magazines, despite the fact he "never bought any." The correct answer will indicate reading or handling the magazines. "Perusing," meaning to browse through, is the best choice among the answers.

Example Question #1122 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

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

The office building was infested, and the ants were particularly __________.

Possible Answers:

perturbed

personable

affable

mundane

irksome

Correct answer:

irksome

Explanation:

The fact of an infestation, and the existence of ants in the building, indicates an annoying problem. "Personable" and "affable" are too positive for the sentence, while "mundane" does not indicate a problem. The use of "perturbed" indicates the ants, not the people in the building, are bothered. "Irksome," meaning annoying or infuriating, is the correct answer.

Example Question #1125 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that, when inserted into the sentence, best completes the sentence.

The rolling fields were covered with peaceful-looking shrubs and the flocks of local herdsmen; the __________ scene looked like it could inspire any poet.

Possible Answers:

generous

bucolic

flowing

limpid

prolific

Correct answer:

bucolic

Explanation:

Clearly, the scene being described is implied to be peaceful and serene; however, do not be tempted by "limpid" or "flowing." These are very possible, but the associations of the pastoral scenery are more related to the word "bucolic" (having to do with idyllic pastoral environments) than these. Elimination is key for working out this sentence because of the potential ambiguity.

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