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Source: Official Guide Revised GRE 1st Ed. Part 8; Section 3; #21


The plan, which the engineers said would save

The plan, which the engineers said would save the aquifer by reducing pumping to levels, has passed a governmental environmental review but faces opposition from outdoor and environmental groups. innocuous, feasible, practicable, minimal, remedial, benign

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Abhipshito Bhattacharya

It's interesting,because feasible and practicable are synonyms,and they kind of fit in the context as well.

Oct 12, 2016 • Comment

Cydney Seigerman, Magoosh Tutor

Hi Abhipshito!

You're right that feasible and practicable are synonyms. However, they don't really fit the context here, as the current levels are feasible (capable of being achieved) even though they may not be desirable. Hope this helps!

Oct 14, 2016 • Reply

Wen-Qiang Zheng

Hi Cydney, if the current aquifer requires saving why would we assume that the current pumping levels are feasible or practicable?

May 2, 2019 • Reply


Hello Wen-Qiang,
Great question. The current levels would not be feasible/practicable if the current goal was to preserve the aquifer. But no such specific goal is mentioned, so we have to interpret feasible/practicable in a general sense. The current level of pumping is easy to achieve, so it is very feasible/practicable. The problem with the current level is not that it isn't feasible or practicable, but that it will destroy the aquifer. Hence, the level of pumping must be reduced to a more benign/innocuous level.
Hope that helps!

May 6, 2019 • Reply


Gravatar Jonathan , Magoosh Tutor

Good question. The second half of the sentence doesn't influence our choices in this case :)

Apr 14, 2015 • Comment


Chris Lele

Oct 9, 2012 • Comment

yi Ding

what about the second half of this sentence? I don't quite understand whether this part, "but it faces oppositon..." influence our choices.

Apr 5, 2015 • Reply

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