GRE® Verbal Practice | Sentence Equivalence Q8

Keywords: Morphed, Augmented

This is an interesting sentence equivalence question that deals with the use of the word "Include". Try the question without looking at the answer explanation. If you face difficulty in arriving at the correct answer, take help from the detailed explanation provided below.

Question 8: The increasing ease with which photos can be shot, edited and shared means that our archaic idea of the “struggling art photographer” now has to be ______ to include an audience which, in an earlier era, might have been consumers of art photography.

  1. morphed
  2. developed
  3. expanded
  4. modified
  5. augmented
  6. extended

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Explanatory Answer

Meanings for the words given in this question are provided in the table. Before going through the detailed explanation, check whether you are able to arrive at the answer after knowing meanings for the words.

S No. Word Meaning
1 Morphed Changed in shape
2 Developed Grew, expanded or became more elaborate
3 Expanded Increased in size or scope
4 Modified Changed
5 Augmented Reinforced or supported by something
6 Extended To increase in scope

Let us simplify the sentence and try to understand the story behind it. Photos can be shot, edited and shared a lot more easily now than previously. This means that it might be easier to be an art photographer in today's age. We have an archaic (ancient) definition of the “struggling art photographer”, which therefore, needs to be revised in some manner.

People who in earlier days might be buyers (consumers) of art photography can now be the sellers (artists). The modern definition of art photography must therefore, also include such people whom the old definition did not cover.

Let us look at some of the answer options.

Morphed/Modified: the “definition” is not changing or morphing. The old art photographers are still going to be covered in the new definition. The definition has to be expanded in scope to cover more people.

Augmented – the definition is not being increased or strengthened.

The definition has to be expanded and extended to include a new group of people.

Choices C & F are the correct answers.

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