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The question of (i) _________ in photography has lately become nontrivial. Prices for vintage prints (those made by a photographer soon after he or she made the negative) so drastically (ii) _________ in the 1990s that one of those photographs might fetch a hundred times as much as a nonvintage print of the same image. It was perhaps only a matter of time before someone took advantage of the (iii) ________ to peddle newly created "vintage" prints for profit.




Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
(A) forgery (D) ballooned (G) discrepancy
(B) influence (E) weakened (H) ambiguity
(C) style (F) varied (I) duplicity
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Re: The question of (i) _ in photography has lately become nontr [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2017, 09:15
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When you start to tackle a TC question for the GRE exam during your practice routine OR during your real exam the thing does not change, at all: you first and primary goal is to follow a clear strategy.

  • Divide the sentence, especially the longest one, into chunks. Sentence by sentence. Analyze them with a brief brainstorming on the real meaning of these sentence on its own and in context, as a whole.
  • Doing so, scanning incessantly and immediately, faster than a lightning, for clues scattered here and there along the entire statement in front of you.
    Grasp the overall meaning. Do not waste time hovering a single word. Understand the BIG picture. After all, a Caravaggio's painting is beautiful in its entirety, even though the particulars are amazing and punch you in the face like a fist from nowhere, so much they have beauty.
    Do not be intimidated by the length of sentence or because is convoluted. Do not try to digest in one breath. Dissect it and move slowly but with determination, at an atomic level. Aggressive.

So, let move on and see what the first sentence brings us.

The question of (i) _________ in photography has lately become nontrivial.

Not a long sentence. The issue, the matter, the question related to something at stake, in this case, the photography world, lately surged as really important. Not so much to reflect on. Not so many clues, if no one. Move one. For now, scanning the 3 first blanks is a waste of time. Do not bother even to read them. We are just at the beginning.

Prices for vintage prints (those made by a photographer soon after he or she made the negative) so drastically (ii) _________ in the 1990s that one of those photographs might fetch a hundred times as much as a nonvintage print of the same image.

Wow, that is a long sentence and I already pretty sure it has a lot, but a lot of information. it sounds like a stretch but believe me, it is not :)

keep in mind that we are talking about photography and that the matter became important.

The vintage prints (follow a brief but clear explanation of them and what they are) so drastically (ii) ______ that during the '90s a photograph can make a bunch of money. I.E if someone with a nonvintage photo earned $ 1, those who sold vintage photos could make $10 or $100 or $1000, we do not know. What we do know is that we have a difference, huge or not is irrelevant, but we do have a difference.

As I announced to you: we do have a lot of information.

What is quite clear is that we do have a difference in the prices of the photos: vintage vs nonvintage. This is a key concept because it is pivotal to tackle the forthcoming blanks.

ballooned If you do not know about this word, think about the balloon. It is inflated by air or gas. Or even think to the Zeppelin aircraft. In the end, it was an immense balloon. From this is fairly easy to associate the ballon (inflated) and the prices that skyrocketed - and the difference in prices. I am quite sure we have already found our suitable blank.

Of course, always look at the other answer choices. This is mandatory. We must be 100% sure of our answer. Not 99%.

weakened Ther are not so many words to spend on this word. It is completely out of scope. here we do not have any clue about something weak.

varied this word says to me anything about. yeah, sure we do have a variation in the prices but this is not the exact meaning of the sentence. The real reason is that who made vintage photos gained a lot of money in regard to who made nonvintage photos. It is different from the concept of variation.

It was perhaps only a matter of time before someone took advantage of the (iii) ________ to peddle newly created "vintage" prints for profit.

before or after someone really smart took advantage of that situation, making money. This is the essence of the sentence.

so, what do we know so far ?? we know that a photographer could make a lot of money thanks to the vintage photos. And we do also know that someone else took advantage of this because it was a good way to make easy money (maybe).

ambiguity and duplicity. I take a look at these two words at the same time because once I have a clear idea of what is going on, these two words are out of context, immediately. Ambiguity means uncertain and duplicity means of two faces. a duplicate, a second copy or a tenth of copies.

Soon or after someone will exploit the discrepancy between vintage and nonvintage photos. Very easy to pick the right one under this light.

Now back to the first blank, everything should be easy. After all, we have tackle probably the two difficult blanks among the three.

The question of (i) _________ in photography has lately become nontrivial.

At this point, looking at the answer choice should be easy.

forgery I do not know the exact meaning of this word, forgery makes me think about a place where something is made, craftsmanship. We talked about creating vintage photos vs nonvintage. This must be the answer, no matter what.

Influence and style In the entire sentence we did not have any clue about the influence of the photos, I do not know, upon the society at large. Nor the style of the photos. We talked about making money.

A, D, and G are the correct answers.

Down below, you could read a succinct yet good explanation provided by me.

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Re: The question of (i) _ in photography has lately become nontr [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2017, 02:58
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can you explain why G is the answer and not H?
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Re: The question of (i) _ in photography has lately become nontr [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2017, 03:26
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Discrepancy : an instance of difference or inconsistency

Ambiguity: an unclear, indefinite, or equivocal word, expression, meaning, etc.

So you take advantage of the blurry situation to spoil it and make profit, because people are not sure which is which.

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Re: The question of (i) _ in photography has lately become nontr [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2018, 00:13
Why it is Discrepancy in third blank?
Why not duplicity? Explain pls.....
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Re: The question of (i) _ in photography has lately become nontr [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2018, 20:19
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Why it is Discrepancy in third blank?
Why not duplicity? Explain pls.....


duplicity is fraud,deceit. Though the act of forging constitute an act of duplicity, the context for the blank here is about the previous line which talks about the boom in vintage prints. There was a disparity/difference in the price between vintage and other prints which may be exploited to commit a fraud. So the word discrepancy(meaning disparity/difference) fits best.
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Re: The question of (i) _ in photography has lately become nontr [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2018, 13:16
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The question of (i) _________ in photography has lately become nontrivial. Prices for vintage prints (those made by a photographer soon after he or she made the negative) so drastically (ii) _________ in the 1990s that one of those photographs might fetch a hundred times as much as a nonvintage print of the same image. It was perhaps only a matter of time before someone took advantage of the (iii) ________ to peddle newly created "vintage" prints for profit.




Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
(A) forgery (D) ballooned (G) discrepancy
(B) influence (E) weakened (H) ambiguity
(C) style (F) varied (I) duplicity


This is one of those questions where I have read all the explanations, but I still don't understand why the answer for the third blank is not ambiguity. It seems that if people can't tell the true vintage prints from the newly created "vintage prints" then that is why fraudsters would profit.
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Re: The question of (i) _ in photography has lately become nontr [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2018, 07:19
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Discrepancy : an instance of difference or inconsistency

Ambiguity: an unclear, indefinite, or equivocal word, expression, meaning, etc.

So you take advantage of the blurry situation to spoil it and make profit, because people are not sure which is which.

Hope this helps.

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"Blurry situation" from your explanation is a direct match with ambiguity (unclearness). Please explain more clearly because everything points to ambiguity in my view
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Re: The question of (i) _ in photography has lately become nontr [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2018, 15:42
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Sorry for the confusion. I will try to elaborate better. Eventually, the blurry situation refers to the vintage phtos that could be fake. But I will delve into this in a second

Now, there is not one way to tackle a question but several strategies, it depends on the complexity of the sentences, the length of the sentences and as result of the question as a whole, if the two blanks are in the same sentence or in two separate ones (for instance) and so forth.

Also look for clues. If nothing work for, then go for trial and errors strategy. This is basically, in a nutcìshell, what you should try to do in multiple blank questions. Try different approaches.

This is a tough one but not so tough indeed. Break into chunks. One of the best technique is to translate in few words, sentence by sentence, grasping the essence of the meaning.

1) The question of (i) _________ in photography has lately become nontrivial.


The matter of ______ in the field of photography is becoming important, not dull. That is the meaning. Now, among the 3 words, I do not have a real clue what could be wrong or right. Move on. let see if the next sentence brings into the picture something that could help me in a more consistent way.

2) Prices for vintage prints (those made by a photographer soon after he or she made the negative) so drastically (ii) _________ in the 1990s that one of those photographs might fetch a hundred times as much as a nonvintage print of the same image.

here we go. This phrase has a lotttttt of information to analyze. The price of vintage pieces (filler added to make more clear the concept of vintage) so drastically WHAT ?? that in 1990 a photographer could make ten (or hundred) times (because of the word price at the beginning ) $ respect the non-vintage photos.

So the key concept here is the price, money. As such, suddenly, for the first blank in my mind jumps the fact that style is not possible as word and neither influence. We do not have any evidence to support choosing these two words. It must be a forgery or a faking image.

From this, I also do know that considering the forgery in the first blank and the price suggested in the second sentence AND the fact that a photographer could gain hundred times as much as .........the prices must be ballooned or inflated I.E the prices skyrocketed.

3) Before or after someone would take advantage of this blurry scenario (this is what I meant in the previous post - we do not know if an image is a forgery or a real vintage one - in that sense) to sell a vintage photo and gain a lot of money. As it turns out, the image could be a fake. Nonetheless, I earn a bunch of money.

Now, the difference in prices CANNOT be ambiguous but a difference in prices leads us to a discrepancy. It refers to the large difference in prices between vintage and NON -vintage photographs.

Moreover, ambiguity means not for sure. Therefore, it is not supported at all by the sentences or by the entire stimulus.

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Re: The question of (i) _ in photography has lately become nontr [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2018, 23:34
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Sorry for the confusion. I will try to elaborate better. Eventually, the blurry situation refers to the vintage phtos that could be fake. But I will delve into this in a second

Now, there is not one way to tackle a question but several strategies, it depends on the complexity of the sentences, the length of the sentences and as result of the question as a whole, if the two blanks are in the same sentence or in two separate ones (for instance) and so forth.

Also look for clues. If nothing work for, then go for trial and errors strategy. This is basically, in a nutcìshell, what you should try to do in multiple blank questions. Try different approaches.

This is a tough one but not so tough indeed. Break into chunks. One of the best technique is to translate in few words, sentence by sentence, grasping the essence of the meaning.

1) The question of (i) _________ in photography has lately become nontrivial.


The matter of ______ in the field of photography is becoming important, not dull. That is the meaning. Now, among the 3 words, I do not have a real clue what could be wrong or right. Move on. let see if the next sentence brings into the picture something that could help me in a more consistent way.

2) Prices for vintage prints (those made by a photographer soon after he or she made the negative) so drastically (ii) _________ in the 1990s that one of those photographs might fetch a hundred times as much as a nonvintage print of the same image.

here we go. This phrase has a lotttttt of information to analyze. The price of vintage pieces (filler added to make more clear the concept of vintage) so drastically WHAT ?? that in 1990 a photographer could make ten (or hundred) times (because of the word price at the beginning ) $ respect the non-vintage photos.

So the key concept here is the price, money. As such, suddenly, for the first blank in my mind jumps the fact that style is not possible as word and neither influence. We do not have any evidence to support choosing these two words. It must be a forgery or a faking image.

From this, I also do know that considering the forgery in the first blank and the price suggested in the second sentence AND the fact that a photographer could gain hundred times as much as .........the prices must be ballooned or inflated I.E the prices skyrocketed.

3) Before or after someone would take advantage of this blurry scenario (this is what I meant in the previous post - we do not know if an image is a forgery or a real vintage one - in that sense) to sell a vintage photo and gain a lot of money. As it turns out, the image could be a fake. Nonetheless, I earn a bunch of money.

Now, the difference in prices CANNOT be ambiguous but a difference in prices leads us to a discrepancy. It refers to the large difference in prices between vintage and NON -vintage photographs.

Moreover, ambiguity means not for sure. Therefore, it is not supported at all by the sentences or by the entire stimulus.

Hope this help.

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Got it. Thanks, Carcass!

So the situation is indeed ambiguous. The third blank, however, requires a word that talks about the reason someone decided to peddle the fakes for profit. And that reason is the discrepancy or the difference in prices between the vintage and non-vintage (fake) prints. The investment/effort that went into the making the fakes yielded the same selling price as the vintage prints (hence the greater profit). This is the discrepancy that the peddlers exploited to gain from this situation.
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Re: The question of (i) _ in photography has lately become nontr [#permalink] New post 25 Nov 2018, 10:31
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Re: The question of (i) _ in photography has lately become nontr [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2018, 06:38
Shafayet wrote:
Why it is Discrepancy in third blank?
Why not duplicity? Explain pls.....


Think of it that way: they're not taking advantage of any duplicity/deceit. Rather they are taking advantage of
certain circumstances that can be described as a discrepancy in order to duplicate the prints.
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Re: The question of (i) _ in photography has lately become nontr [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2018, 06:50
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Guys, please refer to my explanation in the second post.

More clear than this, as I explained, is hard to figure it out.

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