Antonyms are the most easiest questions on the GRE. you will get around 8-9 questions on antonyms. Antonyms, i feel, are like maths Either you know the answer or you dont. There will be a very few cases when u will have a dilemma as to which of the 2 most probables one to pick!.. the assumption is that the remaining 3 are a clear-cut NO.
My point is – when you are thorough with the wordlist, you wont have any confusion about the right answer. Just by a glance (i am not even saying a perusal) , you will be able to identify the answer. The best thing about Antonyms is that they are real TIME-SAVERs!… i m not boasting, but i really could answer the antonym questions in just 5-6 seconds. so i used to save 9 * 55 seconds ( i have simple maths here – 30 questions in 30 mins. so a question/min). The thta i saved in Antonyms, i used in RC.
OK, OK, let me tell you how i tackled Antonyms.
In Antonym questions, out of the 5 options, 3 will be a clear-cut NO -NO.
Let me take an example :
find the antonym of DIVULGE :
a) keep secret
b) evaluate by onself
look at the question first. DIVULGE. divulge bascially means give out some information, not keep back the information.
so you need to look for an answer which says “hold back, dont share, keep secret, dont tell anyone”. After having an idea as to what you want from the answer options, now take a look at the answer options:
a) keep secret – hmmmmm…seems pretty good… give it a mental rating of 8/10…
move ahead to see if other options are as good.
b) evaluate by oneself – “evaluating by onself” is no way close to “hold back, dont share, keep secret, dont tell anyone”. ….. give it a raing of 0/10
c) refine – “refine” is no way close to “hold back, dont share, keep secret, dont tell anyone”. ….. give it a raing of 0/10
d) restore – “restore” is no way close to “hold back, dont share, keep secret, dont tell anyone”. ….. give it a raing of 0/10
e) copy – “copy” is no way close to “hold back, dont share, keep secret, dont tell anyone”. ….. give it a raing of 0/10
so, now after going thru all the options, you know that the only option that came close to what you thought was the option a) keep secret…. so you can be sure that you have marked the right answer and move ahead confidently.
believe me friends, having a good grip on antonyms is very important…becuase the time that you save here will be used in RC… RCs are very tough. topics on feminism, humanitarianism, some old damn painting, some cultural revolution of 1400 BC….god !! RCs are damn tough and need to time for that… thank the ETS guys for having introduced antonyms!!!