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# The bride was mortified to learn that her dress—which had

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The bride was mortified to learn that her dress—which had [#permalink]  14 Sep 2017, 19:56
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The bride was mortified to learn that her dress—which had appeared delicate, even _______, in the artificial light of the boutique—was nearly transparent in the bright sunlight of her outdoor wedding.
A. ephemeral
B. diaphanous
C. ponderous
D. mettlesome
E. cumbersome
F. gossamer

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
B and F
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Kudos [?]: 1865 [0], given: 397

Re: The bride was mortified to learn that her dress—which had [#permalink]  01 Oct 2017, 01:53
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Recycle\ the clue delicate into the blank. Both ponderous and cumbersome are nearly the opposite of what you’re looking for, so eliminate choices (C) and (E). Neither ephemeral, which means short-lived, nor mettlesome, which means courageous, is supported by the sentence, so eliminate choices (A) and (D).

Both diaphanous and gossamer can mean delicate, so choices (B) and (F) give you appropriate, equivalent sentences. If you selected choice (A), be sure to distinguish ephemeral from ethereal, which would have been an appropriate answer choice.

Hence options B and F are correct!
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Re: The bride was mortified to learn that her dress—which had [#permalink]  23 Nov 2018, 04:02
The dress was very elegant and delicate.Therefore diaphanous and gossamer are apt fit t the blanks as they both can be substituted with one another without changing the meaning of the sentence.
Re: The bride was mortified to learn that her dress—which had   [#permalink] 23 Nov 2018, 04:02
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