Source: Official Guide Revised GRE 1st Ed. Part 4; Set 5; #6


Philosophy, unlike most other subjects, does not try

Philosophy, unlike most other subjects, does not try to extend our knowledge by discovering new information about the world. Instead it tries to deepen our understanding through (i) what is already closest to us—the experiences, thoughts, concepts, and activities that make up our lives but that ordinarily escape our notice precisely because they are so familiar. Philosophy begins by finding (ii)the things that are (iii). Blank (i): attainment of, rumination on, detachment from Blank (ii): essentially irrelevant, utterly mysterious, thoroughly commonplace Blank (iii): most prosaic, somewhat hackneyed, refreshingly novel

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Ananth Naryan

Why doesn't hackneyed work for this?

Nov 9, 2016 • Comment

Cydney Seigerman, Magoosh Tutor

Hi Ananth :)

Happy to help! As Chris mentions in the explanation, "hackneyed" has a negative connotation that doesn't really fit the sentence. Something that is hackneyed is repeated too often or overused. On the other hand, for the blank, we want a more neutral word that means unoriginal or commonplace. "Prosaic" best fits this context :)

Hope this helps!

Nov 13, 2016 • Reply


Gravatar Chris Lele, Magoosh Tutor

Oct 6, 2012 • Comment

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