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OG_VPR # 2 Some analysts worry about consumers’ perception t [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2016, 07:05
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Some analysts worry about consumers’ perception that the electronics industry is always on the verge of major breakthroughs; that perception could hurt the industry by making consumers reluctant to buy products they believe will soon be __________ .

A) incompatible

B) devalued

C) obsolete

D) ubiquitous

E) everywhere

F) outmoded


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Re: OG_VPR # 2 Some analysts worry about consumers’ perception t [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2016, 07:05
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Explanation

The blank characterizes products that consumers fear will be superseded in quality as a result of industry breakthroughs. While “ubiquitous” and “everywhere” produce sentences with the same meaning, they assume an increase in volume or sales that is not necessarily implied by innovatory breakthroughs. And while “devalued” makes for a coherent sentence, there is no other word that would produce a sentence with the same meaning. Thus the correct answer is obsolete (Choice C) and outmoded (Choice F).
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Re: OG_VPR # 2 Some analysts worry about consumers’ perception t [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2017, 05:40
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The blank characterizes products that consumers fear will be superseded in quality as a result of industry breakthroughs. While “ubiquitous” and “everywhere” produce sentences with the same meaning, they assume an increase in volume or sales that is not necessarily implied by innovatory breakthroughs. And while “devalued” makes for a coherent sentence, there is no other word that would produce a sentence with the same meaning. Thus the correct answer is obsolete (Choice C) and outmoded (Choice F).


Dear Moderator, your answer is not sufficient, because the word "devalued" is also applocable in this context. You can say that "devalued" is not a synonym of "outmoded," but GRE do not say that the words must by synonyms, so, the question is incoherently organized.
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Re: OG_VPR # 2 Some analysts worry about consumers’ perception t [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2017, 02:51
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Re: OG_VPR # 2 Some analysts worry about consumers’ perception t [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2018, 13:40
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Some analysts worry about consumers’ perception that the electronics industry is always on the verge of major breakthroughs; that perception could hurt the industry by making consumers reluctant to buy products they believe will soon be __________ .

A) incompatible

B) devalued

C) obsolete

D) ubiquitous

E) everywhere

F) outmoded



The first part of the sentence tells us that people believe that the electronics industry is always on the verge of major breakthroughs.
Why would this make people reluctant to buy products? Because those people believe that their purchase will be soon overshadowed by an even better product.
So, one possible way to fill in the blank is:

Some analysts worry ... making consumers reluctant to buy products they believe will soon be NOT AS GOOD AS NEWER PRODUCTS.

Check the answer choices.... C (obsolete) and F (outmoded) fit nicely.

Answer: C, F

ASIDE: While B (devalued) is a great fit here, we cannot find a second answer choice that produces two completed sentences that are alike in meaning.

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Re: OG_VPR # 2 Some analysts worry about consumers’ perception t [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2018, 14:03
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Carcass wrote:
Explanation

The blank characterizes products that consumers fear will be superseded in quality as a result of industry breakthroughs. While “ubiquitous” and “everywhere” produce sentences with the same meaning, they assume an increase in volume or sales that is not necessarily implied by innovatory breakthroughs. And while “devalued” makes for a coherent sentence, there is no other word that would produce a sentence with the same meaning. Thus the correct answer is obsolete (Choice C) and outmoded (Choice F).


Dear Moderator, your answer is not sufficient, because the word "devalued" is also applocable in this context. You can say that "devalued" is not a synonym of "outmoded," but GRE do not say that the words must by synonyms, so, the question is incoherently organized.


I do not think "outmoded" and "devalued" mean the same thing. Outmoded means old-fashioned and devalued means less worthy. Something can be outmoded but not necessarily devalued. A lot of people like old Victorian houses. These houses are outmoded in the sense that they are not modern but they are not devalued since people still want to buy them. The context of the sentence suggests a word that means outdated.

I hate these kind of questions because word definitions can be quite fluidic. I can see the difference between outmoded and devalued but I also recognize their definitions are quite close to each other.
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Re: OG_VPR # 2 Some analysts worry about consumers’ perception t [#permalink] New post 25 May 2018, 02:58
OBSOLETE dovetails OUTMODED in a bespoke fashion. PERFECT ANSWER.
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Re: OG_VPR # 2 Some analysts worry about consumers’ perception t [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2018, 14:50
Obsolete and outmoded
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