Source: Revised GRE PDF 1st Ed. Section 3: Verbal; #3 (p. 51)


Given how (i) the shortcomings of the standard economic

Given how (i) the shortcomings of the standard economic model are in its portrayal of human behavior, the failure of many economists to respond to them is astonishing. They continue to fill the journals with yet more proofs of yet more (ii) theorems. Others, by contrast, accept the criticisms as a challenge, seeking to expand the basic model to embrace a wider range of things people do. Blank (i): overlooked, occasional, patent Blank (ii): comprehensive, improbable, pervasive

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Siddharth Rawat

Why overlooked is not right? shortcomings have been ignored also works right?

Jul 28, 2018 • Comment

David Recine, Magoosh Tutor

"Overlooked" doesn't quite work here, because that first sentence goes on to say that "the failure of many economists to respond to them" (then=the shortcomings) "is astonishing."

"Astonishing" means surprising and unexpected. But if the economists had overlooked the shortcomings, than their failure to respond to the shortcomings would not be astonishing. In fact, if someone has overlooked something-- failed to notice it-- then they CAN'T respond to it, because they don't know it's there.

Jul 29, 2018 • Reply

Moksha Mehta

What does Patent mean in this context?

Sep 9, 2019 • Reply

Sam Kinsman

In this context, "patent" means "plainly obvious and apparent"

Sep 16, 2019 • Reply


Gravatar Chris Lele, Magoosh Tutor

Sep 25, 2012 • Comment

Zhenghui Li

Hi, could you please explain the meaning of "yet more" in this question? Does is just mean "more" but a signal of shift?

Jul 8, 2018 • Reply

David Recine, Magoosh Tutor

In this context, "yet more" means "even more." And "even more" (or its simile phrase "yet more") means "more" in a way that is surprising, or unnecessary, or unwanted. So in this particular context, "yet" is a signal of possible negative connotation, but it's not the strongest signal of shift.

You could still argue that "yet" signals shift here, because it means "still more," which could suggest that more proofs and theorems are being added in a way that's surprising because it is contradictory to some other aspect of the situation. However, as the video explanation mentions, there are far clearer shift signals you can pay attention to here.

"Yet" acts much more clearly as a shift word when it's being used to modify an entire sentence or clause. For instance, in this paragraph, if you changed "They continue to fill their journals" to "YET they continue to fill their journals...", then you would be saying "In spite of this, they continue to fill their journals...."

Jul 15, 2018 • Reply

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