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Retrofitted with stabilizing devices, some of which ______ its aesthetics, the bridge has been reopened, no longer prone to excessive swaying but not quite the breathtaking structure it originally was.

A) impair

B) resist

C) improve

D) enhance

E) restore

F) compromise



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Re: OG_VPR # 1 Retrofitted with stabilizing devices, some of wh [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2016, 07:07
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The sentence suggests that the addition of devices to make the bridge more stable has consequently lessened its previous aesthetic impact as a “breathtaking structure.” The words “restore,” “improve,” and “enhance” do not describe the appropriate qualitative direction of the change caused by the retrofitting as “impair” and “compromise” do. Though “resist” makes some sense when inserted into the blank, it does not produce a sentence with the same meaning as either of these. Thus the correct answer is impair (Choice A) and compromise (Choice F).
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Re: OG_VPR # 1 Retrofitted with stabilizing devices, some of wh [#permalink] New post 04 May 2020, 15:12
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The sentence suggests that the addition of devices to make the bridge more stable has consequently lessened its previous aesthetic impact as a “breathtaking structure.” The words “restore,” “improve,” and “enhance” do not describe the appropriate qualitative direction of the change caused by the retrofitting as “impair” and “compromise” do. Though “resist” makes some sense when inserted into the blank, it does not produce a sentence with the same meaning as either of these. Thus the correct answer is impair (Choice A) and compromise (Choice F).


Sorry for my endless questions, but compromise " as Greg Mat " means rude or something like that not ruin or weakens. I used also google translate, the meaning that something is flexible but Greg Mat mentions that this is not the GRE meaning.
May you please clarify?
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Re: OG_VPR # 1 Retrofitted with stabilizing devices, some of wh [#permalink] New post 04 May 2020, 15:22
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The bridge was fixed with certain types of supports to improve its stability but that ruined the look or aesthetic of it.

here compromise is wrong because its sense would be to weaken the structure or the core of the bridge. You cannot compromise the aesthetic, you could improve or weaken it, NOT compromise.

For this reason, A is correct because the modification ALTERED the aesthetic.

Notice that mainly compromise is used in two ways: one is to weaken something = compromise the result with your behavior.

Or compromise in the sense at agreement or accord.

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Re: OG_VPR # 1 Retrofitted with stabilizing devices, some of wh [#permalink] New post 04 May 2020, 15:34
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The bridge was fixed with certain types of supports to improve its stability but that ruined the look or aesthetic of it.

here compromise is wrong because its sense would be to weaken the structure or the core of the bridge. You cannot compromise the aesthetic, you could improve or weaken it NOt compromise.

For this reason, A is correct because the modification ALTRED the aesthetic.

Notice that mainly compromise is used in two ways: one is to weaken something = compromise the result with your behavior.

Or compromise in the sense at agreement or accord.

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I didn't get it. I understand from your words that compromise doesn't fit here. Right?
And in the GRE it has two meanings ( depend on the Question), which are agreement or weaken something.

Are my thoughts right ?
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Re: OG_VPR # 1 Retrofitted with stabilizing devices, some of wh [#permalink] New post 05 May 2020, 04:13
the choice is A and F as the modification changed its aesthetics in a negative way
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Re: OG_VPR # 1 Retrofitted with stabilizing devices, some of wh [#permalink] New post 05 May 2020, 14:49
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Ok . I will try to elaborate much better than I did before.

Now, impair is fine because mainly means that the changes put off balance the aesthetic of bridge. I.E it was not beautiful to see like before.

On the GREyou need two word that fit the sentence and that DO NOT change the meaning. However, usually they are synonyms but the NOT always are a mirror of each other.

If you look at synonyms of compromise you will not find impair. HOWEVER, in the context of the sentence both give you the sense to weaken what the bridge was before. Which is correct.

As a result, the only other word which fits impair is compromise.

Now is it more clear ?' :)
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