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Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence Tips: Categorizing Signposts Strategy

For insights and strategies on how to attack the Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence questions on the GRE watch the following video closely.


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2 Responses to Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence Tips: Categorizing Signposts Strategy

  1. Heather August 9, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    I am still having trouble understanding the correct answer to this question and how to break down the structure:

    Tim occasionally resorted to ______ to protect his family and yet not to completely compromise his integrity.

    I the phrase “and yet” makes me think this isn’t a full sentence. Also, “yet” conveys opposition, so shouldn’t it oppose compromising integrity instead of opposing not compromising integrity?

    • Professor Dave
      Professor Dave August 9, 2011 at 10:34 am #


      Thanks for your question. Keep in mind that this sentence is part of an exercise the purpose of which is to better identify and understand the function of signposts (important words in the sentence that provide direction for the reader). Yet is such a word as it contrasts elements in the sentence. Here “occasionally resorted to ———–” contrasts with “compromising integrity.” Note that “protect his family” is a phrase that may help Tim justify his “occasional dishonesty” but is not directly related to the elements in contrast.

      Dave Scalise

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