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# OG_VPR # 7 Bureaucrats tend to (i) _______ So it is surprisi

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OG_VPR # 7 Bureaucrats tend to (i) _______ So it is surprisi [#permalink]  18 Oct 2016, 02:17
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Bureaucrats tend to (i) _______ So it is surprising that the European Commission is proposing to hand back some of its antitrust powers to national governments. Such a willingness to (ii) _______ power is quite (iii) _______ Perhaps the commission, so often a byword for meddling, bungling, and even corruption, is starting to put its house in order following the forced resignation of the previous lot of commissioners last year.

 Blank i Blank ii Blank iii a) value complex procedures d) devolve g) troubling b) guard their authority jealously e) misuse h) encouraging c) shirk many of their responsibilities f) appropriate i) predictable

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Re: OG_VPR # 7 Bureaucrats tend to (i) _______ So it is surprisi [#permalink]  18 Oct 2016, 02:18
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The second sentence states that the European Commission’s current actions are surprising, so they must run counter to the general tendency of bureaucrats described in Blank (i). Since the commission is considering giving up powers it currently possesses, “guard their authority jealously” expresses the opposite of this action, so it is the correct choice. The other two options could potentially describe the process of delegating powers back to national governments; therefore the commission’s actions would not be described as surprising in the context of either of those bureaucratic tendencies. Blank (ii) calls for a word that paraphrases the commission’s proposal; since “devolve” is a synonym for delegate, it is the correct choice. “Appropriate” expresses the opposite, while “misuse” suggests a negative judgment about the commission’s actions belied by the author’s hope that they mark a positive turn. Blank (iii) calls for an adjective describing the commission’s actions. Since the author is hopeful that this latest proposal marks a new direction for a commission whose history is described in negative terms, the correct choice for Blank (iii) is “encouraging.” “Predictable” does not fit because the proposal is described as potentially marking a break in the commission’s former bad practices, and “troubling” does not work because that change is described as a positive rather than a negative one. Thus the correct answer is guard their authority jealously (Choice B), devolve (Choice D), and encouraging (Choice H).
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Re: OG_VPR # 7 Bureaucrats tend to (i) _______ So it is surprisi [#permalink]  22 Aug 2018, 09:58
Correct me if I am wrong but at first try, I thought appropriate could be an answer since I was considering the secondary meaning. Though for the second bracket 'appropriate' could have been a right answer if its secondary meaning -'allocate' or 'assign' was used, due to the presence of 'devolve' which is the opposite of centralizing we are expected to choose 'devolve' as the right answer.

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Re: OG_VPR # 7 Bureaucrats tend to (i) _______ So it is surprisi [#permalink]  22 Nov 2018, 13:53
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Correct me if I am wrong but at first try, I thought appropriate could be an answer since I was considering the secondary meaning. Though for the second bracket 'appropriate' could have been a right answer if its secondary meaning -'allocate' or 'assign' was used, due to the presence of 'devolve' which is the opposite of centralizing we are expected to choose 'devolve' as the right answer.

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"appropriate" as a verb means use for specific purpose to back up something (correct me if I'm wrong). That's why I eliminated that answer choice.
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Re: OG_VPR # 7 Bureaucrats tend to (i) _______ So it is surprisi [#permalink]  18 Dec 2018, 16:00
I think appropriate means conquer, acquire more than assign
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Re: OG_VPR # 7 Bureaucrats tend to (i) _______ So it is surprisi [#permalink]  28 Mar 2019, 06:48
why not predictable for the last choice, considering the organization is taking measures after "forced resignations last year"
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Re: OG_VPR # 7 Bureaucrats tend to (i) _______ So it is surprisi [#permalink]  28 Mar 2019, 10:47
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Because the meaning of the sentence suggests this

Perhaps the commission, so often a byword for meddling, bungling, and even corruption, is starting to put its house in order following the forced resignation of the previous lot of commissioners

The commission made so bad. However, what is implementing now is promising.

This hope you help.

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Re: OG_VPR # 7 Bureaucrats tend to (i) _______ So it is surprisi [#permalink]  16 May 2020, 20:02
Definitely a terrible question. "guard their authority jealously"? There is NO indication that that phrase works for the first blank whatsoever. "shirk responsibilities" makes more sense. I'm really dreading my at-home test this coming Friday. I have a feeling I'll have to berate and harshly vituperate this test in my addenda to law school applications.
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Re: OG_VPR # 7 Bureaucrats tend to (i) _______ So it is surprisi [#permalink]  01 Aug 2020, 07:57
praths007 wrote:
why not predictable for the last choice, considering the organization is taking measures after "forced resignations last year"

How can it be predictable if the first blank is they tend to hold power and not let it go?
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Re: OG_VPR # 7 Bureaucrats tend to (i) _______ So it is surprisi [#permalink]  02 Nov 2020, 09:57
Libra wrote:
Definitely a terrible question. "guard their authority jealously"? There is NO indication that that phrase works for the first blank whatsoever. "shirk responsibilities" makes more sense. I'm really dreading my at-home test this coming Friday. I have a feeling I'll have to berate and harshly vituperate this test in my addenda to law school applications.

Well it cant be "C" for first blank because if you select "shirk many of their responsibilities" then it would not be "surprising". Since we have "surprising" close to the first blank we need to select a word that would create the contrast in meaning.

Bureaucrats tend to (i) _______ So it is surprising that the European Commission is proposing to hand back some of its antitrust powers to national governments.

I hope I'm correct.
Re: OG_VPR # 7 Bureaucrats tend to (i) _______ So it is surprisi   [#permalink] 02 Nov 2020, 09:57
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