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# A misconception frequently held by novice writers is that se

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A misconception frequently held by novice writers is that se [#permalink]  23 Oct 2019, 10:13
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A misconception frequently held by novice writers is that sentence structure mirrors thought: the more convoluted the structure, the more (i) _______ the ideas.

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complicated
inconsequential
elementary
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blatant

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Re: A misconception frequently held by novice writers is that se [#permalink]  23 Oct 2019, 11:30
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A misconception frequently held by novice writers is that sentence structure mirrors thought: the more convoluted the structure, the more (i) _______ the ideas.
Blank (i)
complicated
inconsequential
elementary
fanciful
blatant

A best practice for working through GRE vocabulary fill-in problems is to predict your own word(s) for the blank and, if possible, to repurpose terms directly from the sentence. In this case, we know that the blank agrees with the prior statement regarding sentence structure, so we can repurpose "convoluted" as a valid prediction.

Next, use this prediction to eliminate choices that do not match it in context.

Complicated matches the prediction, so keep Choice A.
Inconsequential has no defined relationship to the prediction, so eliminate Choice B.
Elementary is the opposite of the prediction, so eliminate Choice C as a reversal.
Fanciful has no defined relationship to the prediction, so eliminate Choice D.
Blatant has no defined relationship to the prediction, so eliminate Choice E.

Read "complicated" back into the sentence to ensure that it captures the proper meaning before selecting Choice A.
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Re: A misconception frequently held by novice writers is that se [#permalink]  28 Oct 2019, 04:21
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Re: A misconception frequently held by novice writers is that se [#permalink]  30 Oct 2019, 20:56
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best practice for working through GRE vocabulary fill-in problems is to predict your own word(s) for the blank and, if possible, to repurpose terms directly from the sentence. In this case, we know that the blank agrees with the prior statement regarding sentence structure, so we can repurpose "convoluted" as a valid prediction.

Next, use this prediction to eliminate choices that do not match it in context.

Complicated matches the prediction, so keep Choice A.
Inconsequential has no defined relationship to the prediction, so eliminate Choice B.
Elementary is the opposite of the prediction, so eliminate Choice C as a reversal.
Fanciful has no defined relationship to the prediction, so eliminate Choice D.
Blatant has no defined relationship to the prediction, so eliminate Choice E.

Read "complicated" back into the sentence to ensure that it captures the proper meaning before selecting Choice A.
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Re: A misconception frequently held by novice writers is that se [#permalink]  19 Jul 2020, 01:50
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A misconception frequently held by novice writers is that sentence structure mirrors thought: the more convoluted the structure, the more (i) _______ the ideas.

As it is stated A MISCONCEPTION "X" : "Y"
Should not Y be negative of the X? the more convoluted the structure, the more (i) _______ the ideas.

something like THE MORE SIMPLE THE IDEAS.
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Re: A misconception frequently held by novice writers is that se [#permalink]  21 Jul 2020, 15:52
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The answer is A. The explanation is that in the sentence it is said that is a mistake of novel writers to think that making a "convoluted" structure means that the ideas are more .... . The word has to be a synonymous of "convoluted", that is complicated.
Re: A misconception frequently held by novice writers is that se   [#permalink] 21 Jul 2020, 15:52
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