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Historical research makes two somewhat antithetical truths that sounded (i) __________come to seem profound: knowledge of the past comes entirely from written documents, giving written words great (ii) ___________, and the more material you uncover, the more (iii) ___________ your subject becomes.




Blank (i) Blank (ii)Blank (iii)
(A) deep (D) consequence (G) elusive
(B) portentous (E) antiquity(H) contemporary
(C) banal (F) simultaneity(I) circumstantial
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Re: Historical research makes two somewhat antithetical truths t [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2017, 16:11
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Explanation

What historical say may sound banal but at the same time is profound. The words of the past have an important and deep consequence but at the same time are blurry in their meaning, which means elusive.
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Re: Historical research makes two somewhat antithetical truths t [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2018, 02:42
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giving written words great (ii) ___________, and the more material you uncover, the more (iii) ___________ your subject becomes.


In this part of the sentence, the two clauses 'giving written words great ________ ' and 'and the more material you uncover, the more _________ your subject becomes ' are joined by 'and' conjunction not 'but'. That's why I think circumstantial should be a better fit in the last blank instead of 'elusive'.
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Re: Historical research makes two somewhat antithetical truths t [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2018, 10:13
I too believe that 3rd blank should be circumstantial. @carcass - can you please recheck the answers?
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Re: Historical research makes two somewhat antithetical truths t [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2018, 12:56
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The answer choices are correct, guys.

Could you tell me why in your opinion the answer to the third blank is I and not G?

Please explain.

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Re: Historical research makes two somewhat antithetical truths t [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2018, 13:41
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The two sentences after ":" separated by comma "," should represent opposites as referred by the word 'antithetical truths'. Hence, even though those two sentences are joined by 'and' in order to give the opposite meaning elusive is best option rather than circumstantial.
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Re: Historical research makes two somewhat antithetical truths t [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2018, 16:18
Agreed - Thank you :)
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Re: Historical research makes two somewhat antithetical truths t [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2019, 23:41
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Let me introduce you one freaking complexity that can help you remember it for ever:
- "consequential" beside meaning sequential means "important". (That's OK, you probably knew it from Magoosh words).
- However, "consequent" beside meaning sequential does not mean "important". (I confronted with this trap in a Manhattan prep test)
- While I was so proud that I would not mistake "-tial" form from the other one, I omitted "consequence" as a noun form of consequent, because I deduced that it would not mean importance. Guess what? When I saw the answers, I was like "WHAT THE..." so "consequence" does mean "IMPORTANCE".

+ Hope you do not make my mistake in the future :lol:
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Re: Historical research makes two somewhat antithetical truths t [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2019, 09:28
can't mark 3 options in this question, please fix.
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Re: Historical research makes two somewhat antithetical truths t [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2019, 10:12
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The timer is correct.

try again the proper usage.

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Re: Historical research makes two somewhat antithetical truths t [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2019, 10:04
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At first, I have no idea what this sentence wants to talk about.
After I have read explanation from carcass, I can see why the answers must be C,E, and G. Other options do not fit the context of the sentence.
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