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While kidney stones are known to produce a truly ___________

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While kidney stones are known to produce a truly ___________ [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2017, 03:17
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While kidney stones are known to produce a truly ___________ sensation, often compared to the agony of childbirth, they are almost never fatal.
A. anodyne
B. inoffensive
C. painstaking
D. tortuous
E. excruciating
F. torturous

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Excruciating, torturous

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Re: While kidney stones are known to produce a truly ___________ [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2017, 13:08
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The sensation produced by kidney stones is compared to the “agony of childbirth,” so you know you’re looking for a word that means “painful.” Painstaking, however, means “done with great care,” and tortuous means “full of twists and turns.” Both excruciating and torturous correctly describe terrible pain.

Hence options ecruciating, torturous are best fit!
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Re: While kidney stones are known to produce a truly ___________ [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2018, 21:15
sandy wrote:

While kidney stones are known to produce a truly ___________ sensation, often compared to the agony of childbirth, they are almost never fatal.
A. anodyne- alleviating
B. inoffensive
C. painstaking
D. tortuous
E. excruciating
F. torturous

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Excruciating, torturous

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Re: While kidney stones are known to produce a truly ___________ [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2018, 01:06
why can it not be C and E?
what is the error in C?
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Re: While kidney stones are known to produce a truly ___________ [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2020, 04:59
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why can it not be C and E?
what is the error in C?


Painstaking means careful or meticulous which is illogical in context.
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This is interesting. I confused between "tortuous" and "torturous". The first term means a way with a lot of curves and difficulties, it is sinuous. On the other hand, torturous means full of pain. This second term is the correct.
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Re: While kidney stones are known to produce a truly ___________ [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2020, 23:15
The sentence says that kidney stones are painful and often compared to the agony of childbirth. Therefore we're looking for words that mean painful.

The only two words that work here are excruciating and torturous. Painstaking and tortuous may seem like valid options, but they both have different meanings and do not fit into the sentence at all.

Thus, we choose E, F
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