Source: Official Guide Revised GRE 2nd Ed. Part 9; Section 3; #4

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The government has no choice but to

The government has no choice but to (i) the incessant demands for land reform, and yet any governmental action that initiated land reform without requisite attention to agrarian reform would (ii) the overall goal of economic modernization. Blank (i): anticipate, heed, silence Blank (ii): delineate, condone, compromise

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Shradha Jaiswal

Does " and yet" is signifying therefore or the shift?

Jul 19, 2018 • Comment

Sam Kinsman, Magoosh Tutor

Hi Shradha,

Yes, the word "yet" tells us there is a shift (keep in mind that "yet" means "but"). As Adam explained below, "yet" tells us that the first part of the sentence will contrast with the second part of the sentence in some way.

Jul 24, 2018 • Reply

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Zhening Liu

Hi, could you explain again why the second blank is compromise?

Nov 28, 2016 • Comment

Adam

Hi Zhening,

"Yet" is a shift word and, in this sentence, indicates that the first part of the sentence will contrast with the second part of the sentence in some way.

From the first part of the sentence, we know that the government must listen to these demands and do something about land reform. Yet, according to the second part of the sentence, ________ would happen to the goal of economic modernization if the government doesn't pay attention to agrarian reform.

There is a tension here between land reform, agrarian reform, and economic modernization. The government is forced to do something w.r.t. land reform, but not paying attention to agrarian reform will cause problems, we can infer, for economic modernization.

From all this, we can tell we're looking for a word that means something like "weaken" or "damage." "Compromise," when used as a verb followed by a direct object, means "cause to become vulnerable or function less effectively," and thus fits well.

Nov 28, 2016 • Reply

Zhening Liu

Thanks Adam.

Nov 29, 2016 • Reply

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Dec 2, 2012 • Comment

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