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America's first spy, Nathan Hale

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America's first spy, Nathan Hale [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2018, 05:29
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America's first spy, Nathan Hale, was captured by the British when he attempted to ________ British - controlled New York City to track enemy troop movements.

A thwart
B penetrate
C infiltrate
D permeate
E research
F conquer
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Re: A SENTENCE EQUIVALENCE QUESTION [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2018, 05:34
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This question is from Manhattan-GRE-8. As can be seen, instead of a pair, we have 3 words that are synonyms (penetrate, infiltrate , permeate) so is this question is correct?
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Re: A SENTENCE EQUIVALENCE QUESTION [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2018, 13:23
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This question is from MGRE 8 books set ??
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Re: A SENTENCE EQUIVALENCE QUESTION [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2018, 15:12
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This question is from MGRE 8 books set ??

yes, medium question.
I think some of questions in this book are not reliable. what is your idea about this question? am I wrong?
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Re: A SENTENCE EQUIVALENCE QUESTION [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2018, 16:19
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Permeate is not the same as the other two. Althought all three convey the meaning of entering, permeate essentialy means spread through out. Had the sentence been something like the US troops were captured permeating NY it would be easier to see your point.

One man cannot permeate a group of men could.
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Re: A SENTENCE EQUIVALENCE QUESTION [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2018, 17:56
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Permeate is not the same as the other two. Althought all three convey the meaning of entering, permeate essentialy means spread through out. Had the sentence been something like the US troops were captured permeating NY it would be easier to see your point.

One man cannot permeate a group of men could.


Yeah, but there is a slight difference, in a real test we have a limited time and most of test takers are non native like me .. Besides Manhattan, I worked on verbal questions of Magoosh, ETS, Princeton too, and compared to them, Manhattan questions don't seem standard. I mean in real test, options are not so close..and it is easier than Manhattan's.
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Re: A SENTENCE EQUIVALENCE QUESTION [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2018, 01:24
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The lesson you can learn from this question is that the OG material is unbeatable. Period.

However, the meaning of D is quite different from B and C.

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Re: A SENTENCE EQUIVALENCE QUESTION [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2018, 12:42
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The lesson you can learn from this question is that the OG material is unbeatable. Period.

However, the meaning of D is quite different from B and C.

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My major is Fluid mechanics and in texts, these three words i.e. Penetrate, Permeate, Infiltrate are used interchangeably. For example,
-the liquid permeates the permeable sponge.
-the liquid permeates ,, ,, ,, ,,
-the liquid infiltrates .........

So I think when we talk about fluid, these three words have the same meaning..but when we talk about troop, NO!

What is "OG"?
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Re: America's first spy, Nathan Hale [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2018, 02:41
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Penetrate, Infiltrate. You are told that Nathan Hale was a spy working for the nascent (coming into being) United States, and that he was captured by the British. That means he must have been involved in some kind of espionage in “British- controlled” New York. A good fill-in would be “break into.” Thwart (prevent [someone] from accomplishing something) and conquer (take con­trol of by military force) are vaguely related, but are not quite a pair. Permeate (spread throughout; pervade) and research have no relationship.)


The OA are B and C.

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