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Sentence Equivalence: Practice Question of the Week #36

This week’s question is Sentence Equivalence, so select exactly two words that best complete the sentence and produce sentences that are alike in meaning.

Good luck, we’ll be posting the answer tomorrow!

Exposure to sustained noise almost certainly impairs blood pressure regulation in human beings, but to the frustration of many patients, some researchers have obtained results that __________ the relationships.

  1. conflate
  2. diminish
  3. muddy
  4. neutralize
  5. obscure
  6. buttress

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6 Responses to Sentence Equivalence: Practice Question of the Week #36

  1. Adrian January 31, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    muddy and obscure

  2. madhan_2005 January 31, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    Here the first part of the sentence says about the relationship between noise and blood pressure . the next part of the sentence starts with but and moreover says that the result of the second part acts on the frustration of the patients. So the blank must have a synonym of “not Clear or confuses the relation between the above two entities so the answer is

    C: Muddy: meaning unclear and
    E: Obscure: meaning not clear or true meaning not known.

    moreover we can see that there are only two words that have the same set of synonyms ie(muddy and obscure). So we can arive at the answer directly without actually spending more time with the question by just looking at the choices.
    the rest of the words mean entirely different.

  3. Sam January 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    C. muddy
    E. obscure

    • Vanan January 31, 2012 at 6:43 am #

      c) and E)

  4. r January 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    conflate & muddy?

  5. raj January 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    conflate and buttress

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