ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Verbs

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for ISEE Lower Level Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #51 : Verbs

Sentence completions: Fill in the blank(s) to complete the sentence. 

I wanted to __________ the size of my house, so I added an extra room above the garage.

Possible Answers:

decrease

accelerate

assuage

decelerate

increase

Correct answer:

increase

Explanation:

The author of this sentence added a room to his house making it bigger in size. When something grows in size or volume we say it has “increased.” To further help you, "decrease" means to make smaller; "accelerate" means to go faster; "decelerate" means to go slower; "assuage" means to calm down.

Example Question #52 : Verbs

Sentence completions: Fill in the blank(s) to complete the sentence. 

Having not seen her for years, it was something of a miracle that I managed to ­­__________ my childhood friend on the street.

Possible Answers:

mistrust

inspire

practice

host

recognize

Correct answer:

recognize

Explanation:

The context of the sentence suggests that even though the author has not seen his friend for years, he was still able to tell who she was when he ran into her. When we see something or someone we used to know but haven't seen for a while, we say that we “recognize” that thing or person. To further help you, "mistrust" means you don’t trust someone; "host" means to have a guest; "inspire" means to motivate or to make someone want to do something

Example Question #52 : Verbs

Sentence completions: Fill in the blank(s) to complete the sentence. 

“You need to __________ on your studies if you want to be accepted to a good school,” declared the girl’s grandmother.

Possible Answers:

abandon

entertain

focus

urge

distract

Correct answer:

focus

Explanation:

The context of the sentence suggests that the blank word must mean pay attention to, therefore the correct answer is “focus.” To further help you, "abandon" means throw away or leave behind; "entertain" means amuse; "distract" means to take someone’s focus away from what they are doing; "urge" means strongly advise. 

Example Question #53 : Verbs

Sentence Completion: Select the word or phrase that best completes the sentence.

Although artists may be successful during their lifetimes, the monetary worth of their paintings often __________ after their deaths, because their works are then deemed unique.

Possible Answers:

fluctuates

stagnates

decreases

increases

Correct answer:

increases

Explanation:

The word "although" at the beginning of the sentence indicates that a change in tone will occur after the comma. The sentence tells us that artists may be successful while alive, but the value of their paintings may change in some way after their deaths. Since being "unique" is a positive factor, we can assume that the monetary worth of paintings "increases" when they are deemed unique.

Example Question #54 : Verbs

Sentence Completion: Select the word or phrase that best completes the sentence.

John is an active environmentalist with a keen interest in __________ the Earth's rainforests.

Possible Answers:

curing

delineating

destroying

preserving

Correct answer:

preserving

Explanation:

Since John is an environmentalist, he would be most likely intersted in saving the Earth's rainforests. "Preserving," which means keeping in its original state, is the best answer choice.

Example Question #55 : Verbs

Sentence Completion: Select the word or phrase that best completes the sentence.

Since the students all did so well on the test, their teacher __________ them with a pizza party.

Possible Answers:

corrected

rewarded

banned

chastised

Correct answer:

rewarded

Explanation:

Because the students did well on the test, we expect the teacher gave them something positive for their efforts. The best answer choice is "rewarded," which is the only positive answer choice.

Example Question #196 : Parts Of Speech In Word Based Sentence Completions

Sentence Completion: Select the word or phrase that best completes the sentence.

Mitochondria are sometimes referred to as "cellular power plants" because they __________ most of cells' energy.

Possible Answers:

destroy

generate

train

change

Correct answer:

generate

Explanation:

We need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "create" or "produce" because the sentence tells us that the mitochondria serve as power suppliers for cells. So, "generate," a verb that means produce, is the correct answer choice because it best fits the sentence's context. None of the other answer choices would make sense in the blank space: "destroy" means annihilate or demolish; "change" means become different; and "train" means instruct someone in a particular skill.

Example Question #58 : Verbs

Sentence completions: Fill in the blank(s) to complete the sentence. 

It is usually not wise to __________ in other people’s business; you never know how they will react to your involvement. 

Possible Answers:

compensate

ascend

clasp

interfere

descend

Correct answer:

interfere

Explanation:

The second clause tells you that the first clause relates to not getting involved with other people’s business. The answer choice that matches this definition is “interfere,” which means get involved in other people’s affairs. To provide further help, “clasp” means grab on to; “ascend” means go up; “descend” means go down; to “compensate” is to give something to partially make up for misfortune.

Example Question #196 : Parts Of Speech In Word Based Sentence Completions

Sentence Completions: Select the word or phrase that most correctly completes the sentence.

Devon desperately wanted to receive good grades, but no matter how hard he worked, his academic marks continued to __________.

Possible Answers:

deteriorate

improve

increase

hurry

Correct answer:

deteriorate

Explanation:

The important clue in this sentence is the word "but." Like most students, Devon wants to receive good grades, but this "but" tells us that this is not happening. In addition, we are told that his hard work isn't helping. So, Devon's grades must be getting worse or, at best, staying the same. The words "improve" and "increase" are opposites of the answer that we want, because they would mean that Devon's grades are getting better. "Hurry," which means rush, is not relevant with regard to academic marks. This leaves us with the final choice, "deteriorate." This word means get worse or fall apart, so it is the perfect choice for this sentence.

Example Question #60 : Verbs

Sentence Completions: Select the word or phrase that most correctly completes the sentence.

The leader of the rebels left his country because he believed that staying would __________ his life.

Possible Answers:

function

persuade

endanger

protect

provide

Correct answer:

endanger

Explanation:

In this sentence, the rebel leader needs to leave his country for a reason. The best answer choice is "endanger," which means put something in some sort of danger. If the rebel leader stayed in his country, he could have died. None of the other answer choices make sense in the blank: "persuade" means convince; "function" means work as something is expected to when used as a verb; "provide" means give and often refers to things that are necessary; and "protect" means defend.

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