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10 Aug 2003, 03:16
I have just taken a GRE Powerprep test, and found a discrepancy. Although GMAT is not very similar to GRE in verbal aspect, I hope someone can help me on these.

1. Select a pair that expresses a relationship similar to the expressed in the orignal pair.

1. Scholarly: Pedantic:

a. Thrifty: extravagant
b. tactful: diplomatic
c. modest: prudish
d. generous: philanthropic
e. timorous: doubtful

Powerprep answer is c. However, I feel the answer is either b or d.
Could anyone explain on anwer c?
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10 Aug 2003, 06:38
tzec76 wrote:
I have just taken a GRE Powerprep test, and found a discrepancy. Although GMAT is not very similar to GRE in verbal aspect, I hope someone can help me on these.

1. Select a pair that expresses a relationship similar to the expressed in the orignal pair.

1. Scholarly: Pedantic:

a. Thrifty: extravagant
b. tactful: diplomatic
c. modest: prudish
d. generous: philanthropic
e. timorous: doubtful

Powerprep answer is c. However, I feel the answer is either b or d.
Could anyone explain on anwer c?

Sure:

Someone who is "pedantic" acts "scholarly" in an exagerated way, or to excess. Someone who is "prudish" similarly acts "modest" in an exagerated way or to excess. Neither B nor D have that relationship.
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19 Aug 2003, 04:24
AkamaiBrah wrote:
Sure:

Someone who is "pedantic" acts "scholarly" in an exagerated way, or to excess. Someone who is "prudish" similarly acts "modest" in an exagerated way or to excess. Neither B nor D have that relationship.

akamai, do i understand the word 'pedantic' correct? it is someone, who acts very precisely and punctually and staunch to doing something? if i do, then i don't understand your point...
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19 Aug 2003, 06:45
No. A "pedant" is one who overly shows off his supposed scholarship. While, as you point out, an accepted definition is one who is precise, etc., this definition is in disuse, the common connotation being that a pedant is excessively or ostantatiously so (i.e., a show off and an asshole).

Simarlarly, a "prude" is one who is excessively or ostantatiously modest.
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