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Are you bored of picking up Barron's word list or dictionary to learn new words?
Take a break!
Try something else today - grab a pen, a pocket notebook and watch an English movie, or start with an interesting novel!
Trust me, this is a great way to improve your vocabulary. Write down the new words you encounter while watching movie, reading novel, or newspaper. Look up their meanings and synonyms in the dictionary. Create your own sentences and review these words periodically until you become familiar with them.
Once you have developed a strong vocabulary, it should not be hard to crack verbal section and particularly antonyms.
Cracking Antonym Section
The antonym section of GRE is approximately 9 questions long and requires you to choose the opposite of a given word from a set of five choices. This section tests your ability to understand the words - their usage, primary and secondary meaning. In some cases, this type of question may require you to look for secondary meaning of word to find an antonym.
A typical antonym question will look like this:
Solution: Here you need to consider secondary meaning of this word. The word pedestrian, in addition to meaning "on foot" also means "common, or dull". The words prosaic(dull), banal are synonyms. Original is an antonym and the correct answer.
Here's an approach to answer antonyms…..
This is the most common mistake that students make.
Knowledge of roots, prefixes and suffix will help in finding meaning of word.
ANTI (against) PATH (to feel) Y(noun suffix)
meaning: feeling of hatred
The word affable has positive connotation. So all positive words (jovial, prolific, magnanimous) can be crossed out. Affable means polite, easily approachable. Surly (meaning rude) is the antonym.
The words with the prefix de, dis, in have negative connotation.
Here rent is used as a verb, meaning to tear apart. Restore is the antonym.
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