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Source: Official Guide Revised GRE 2nd Ed. Part 9; Section 3; #16


Notwithstanding their regarding other issues, township residents

Notwithstanding their regarding other issues, township residents have consistently passed the board of education’s annual budget. accord, indecision, consensus, disagreement divergence, enthusiasm

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John J Dieck

I interpreted "consistently have passed the.... annual budget" to mean they went over their budget. This led to me to believe the second part of the sentence was negative, so the notwithstanding clause, in my mind, meant "Despite something positive, something negative". Consequently, I chose A, C. How can I avoid a mistake like this?

Oct 2, 2017 • Comment


Hi John,

Good question! Unfortunately, the phrase "to pass a budget" always means "to vote in favor of a proposed budget." It never means "to exceed (in dollar terms)..."

My best advice for getting comfortable with phrases such as this one is really just to read a lot from sources such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, and other reputable journalistic sources.

Oct 2, 2017 • Reply


Chris Lele

Dec 2, 2012 • Comment

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