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Sentence Equivalence

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Sentence Equivalence [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2019, 10:21
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For someone so unjustifiably (i) ______ success, the recently installed CEO perhaps surprised very few when his series of impractical business solutions did not (i) ______ the floundering firm.



Blank (i) Blank (ii)
assured of pan out for
intrigued by end disastrously for
unfamiliar with reflect negatively on









Have a lot of dilemma with the first blank.
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: Sentence Equivalence [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2019, 09:40
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No one was surprised when the CEO failed. The first blank should relate to this idea.

"Intrigued by" means interested in. Being interested in, or curious about, success doesn't really make sense in general. Most people have a sense of what success is.

"Unfamiliar with" is the opposite of the meaning we want. If the CEO was unjustifiably unfamiliar with success, this means that he should be familiar with success. However, this is a terrible CEO whose ideas are impractical. So there's no reason why they should have been familiar with success.

That leaves choice A, "assured of," which fits. It's not perfect, but far better than the other choices. If the CEO was assured of success, then he thought he would succeed. This was totally unjustified, though, because this CEO is a terrible one who was never going to succeed.
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Please review my explanation

If the CEO had not been familiar with success, his failure would not have been surprising to many people. It would have been surprising to less people. Thus the fact that only few people were surprised by his failure is not alarming.

Here the CEO was assured of his success and yet he failed. This should have surprised many people but it didn't. The fact that it surprised less people is alarming.

Hence Options A & D
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Re: Sentence Equivalence [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2019, 02:14
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Raj30 wrote:
Please review my explanation

If the CEO had not been familiar with success, his failure would not have been surprising to many people. It would have been surprising to less people. Thus the fact that only few people were surprised by his failure is not alarming.

Here the CEO was assured of his success and yet he failed. This should have surprised many people but it didn't. The fact that it surprised less people is alarming.

Hence Options A & D


You're on the right track, but I think you're still missing some key details. First, the CEO's failure was not surprising at all. Everyone saw it coming. Nothing in the sentence is alarming.

The CEO was assured of success, but only to himself. In other words, he was the only one who thought he would succeed. He was unjustifiably assured of success, meaning he should not be assured of success, but he was. So no one was surprised. It's not that his failure should have been surprising but wasn't. Rather, everyone saw his failure coming from a mile away. So no one was ever going to be surprised by it.
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