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Some scientists that by sensing a change in barometric p [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2017, 14:56
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Some scientists ________ that by sensing a change in barometric pressure or electricity, certain species of fish may be able to portend seismic events; just before a recent earthquake, several fish were observed leaping into the air from the ocean.

A repudiate
B authorize
C foresee
D hypothesize
E question
F contend
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Re: Some scientists that by sensing a change in barometric p [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2018, 09:01
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here C is wrong because foresee means forecast, make a prediction.

Instead, here the scientists make a hypothesis, they wonder why a certain phenomenon is happening in a certain scenario, possible.

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Re: Some scientists that by sensing a change in barometric p [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2018, 09:26
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Some scientists ________ that by sensing a change in barometric pressure or electricity, certain species of fish may be able to portend seismic events; just before a recent earthquake, several fish were observed leaping into the air from the ocean.

A repudiate
B authorize
C foresee
D hypothesize
E question
F contend


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D,F



why not c and d?
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Re: Some scientists that by sensing a change in barometric p [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2018, 03:22
i dont get why 'contend'
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Re: Some scientists that by sensing a change in barometric p [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2018, 11:53
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But contend indeed means to fight or battle.

Here the scientist cast a hypothesis...............

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Re: Some scientists that by sensing a change in barometric p [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2018, 16:37
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i dont get why 'contend'


Contend is one of those tricky 2 definition words. Many native english speakers have probably heard the context used for the second definition regularly enough to know it, but non-english first language speakers might not have. While the first definition is something like "to deal with" such as you would contend with an opponent in a battle, the second definition is "to assert or claim," such as saying you contend that the color blue is better than red or you contend that smoking e-cigarettes is bad for you.

This blank uses the second definition. "To claim" and "To make a hyopthesis" are the most similar meanings available and thus the answer is D, F.
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Re: Some scientists that by sensing a change in barometric p [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2018, 16:40
Contend: assert as a position
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Re: Some scientists that by sensing a change in barometric p [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2020, 08:26
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Ok Let me clear about this question

Basically the question itself conveys the following meaning

The scholars THINK, MAKE a hypothesis that certain fish are very sensitive BEFORE an earthquake and eventually sound the warning

The only pair of choices that fit the bill are D and F

Contend means ARGUE or make an assumption or hypothesis.

Contend= hypothesis

The others are irrelevant

Hope now this is clear
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