Saturday, December 15, 2007

TOEFL / GRE -- Tips for Sentence Completion

1). Before You Look At The Answer-Choices, Think Of A Word That "Fits" The Sentence.Example: Crestfallen by having done poorly on the GRE, Susan began to question her abilities. Her self-confidence was ..........(A) appeased(B) destroyed(C) placated(D) elevated(E) sustainedIf somebody is crestfallen (despairing) and has begun to question herself, then her self-confidence would be destroyed. Hence, the answer is (B).2). Be alert to transitional words.Transitional words tell you what is coming up. They indicate that the author is now going to draw a contrast with something stated previously, or support something stated previously.i). Contrast Indicators - To contrast two things is to point out how they differ. In this type of sentence completion problem, we look for a word that has the opposite meaning (an antonym) of some key word or phrase in the sentence.Following are some of the most common contrast indicators:ButYetDespiteAlthoughHoweverNeverthelessExample:

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