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GRE Verbal 1 Dr. Geetha. B
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Verbal Section: 8-10 antonyms 6-8 analogy 5-7 sentence completion 6-10 reading comprehension
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Sentence Completion to choose words to fill in and make the sentence meaningful vocabulary understanding of the logic, style, and  tone,  differences in usages etc.
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Antonym questions most straightforward vocabulary questions choose the best option perfidy X faithfulness (eg.)
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Tactics 1. Think of a context for the capitalized word: MAGNIFY: a. forgive b. comprehend c. extract d. diminish e. electrify
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MOURNFUL: a. informal b. sympathetic c. private d. appropriate e. joyous
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GRANDIOSE:  a. docile b. unlikely to occur c. simple and unimposing d. light in weight e. uncommunicative
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IRK:  a. pry b. tinge  c. beguile d. convince e. soothe
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2. Before looking at the given choices, think of an antonym: INDUSTRIOUS a. stupid b. harsh c. indolent d. complex e. inexpensive
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3. read all the choices before you chose BANALITY a. detailed analysis b. unrehearsed statement c. succinct account d. novel expression e. faithful description
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4. determine the word’s part of speech PRECIPITATE: a. candid b. erratic c. cautious (adj. precipitate~ hasty) d. generous e. shallow
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precipitate (v): cause to happen  suddenly; cause to deposit (chemistry) precipitate (adj): acting suddenly  without careful consideration
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consider secondary meanings as well LIST: a. overturn b. be upright c. lie flat d. fall forward e. veer from side to side e. veer from side to side
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‘list’ also means ‘ to cause to lean to the side’ when a ship ‘lists’, it tilts or leans to one side; so the antonym is ‘be upright’!
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6. Break down unfamiliar words into recognizable parts SYNCHRONOUS (syn~ together, chron~ time) a. not in working order b. without problems c. out of position d. not in phase e. without permission
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7. Change unfamiliar words from one part of speech to another DICHOTOMOUS: a. apparent b. undivided c. atypical d. indifferent e. abstract ‘dichotomy’~ ‘divided’ between; the antonym is ‘undivided’
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8. Test words for their +ve / -ve connotations CHARY: a. bold b. bright c. unsteady d. unforgiving e. unhappy 'chary' has something of a -ve feel to it; so eliminate the choices with ‘un'; 'chary' is 'hesitant', cautious. so the antonym is 'bold'
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9. Watch out for errors caused by eye- catchers REDOUBTABLE: a. unanticipated b. unambiguous c. unimposing d. inescapable e. immutable 'unambiguous' is an eye-catcher! redoubtable' means
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2011 for the course LANGUAGE E101 taught by Professor Gre during the Spring '11 term at Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani - Hyderabad.

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