According to most banking & MBA aspirants, reading comprehension is one of the most difficult question types asked in exams such as: IBPS PO, CAT, NMAT etc. What makes RC questions all the more important is the fact that apart from being difficult it is the most important question ( number of questions asked ) type.
In our previous article on reading comprehension question type, we gave you some tips on how to read difficult passages more effectively. We also talked about how to choose the correct answer.
In this post we will be listing down some common words that appear in reading comprehension passages and what those words indicate. This will help you interpret the passage in a better manner and will also help you answer questions related to “inference”, “author’s opinion” etc. Increase Scores In Reading Comprehension Banking MBA Exams
So read along!
Word(s) In The Passage
What It May Indicate
|As for, Regarding, In reference to||Author is trying to focus your attention on what follows|
|Furthermore, Moreover, In addition, As well as, Also, Likewise, Too||The sentences following these words will add more to the previous point|
|On one hand / On the other hand, While, Rather, Instead, In contrast, Alternatively||These words introduce a contradiction or a point that opposes the previous sentence or idea|
|Granted, It is true that, Certainly, Admittedly, Despite, Although||These words also introduce a contradiction but are different from the above in the sense that they express or show the author’s reluctance to agree with this contradictory point|
|But, However, Even so, All the same, Still, That said, Nevertheless, Nonetheless, Yet, Otherwise||By using these words the author tries to assert his/ her position by introducing a contradictory idea|
|In any event, In any case||These phrases are usually used when the author is being dismissive about the previous point|
|Likewise, In the same way||As is obvious, these words are used to point out similarity of the new idea being introduced to the one mentioned before it|
|First, Second, etc.; To begin with, Next, Finally, Again||These words are used to establish a sequence or to structure a discussion|
|In conclusion, In brief, Overall, Except for, Besides||These words are used for summing up a discussion (this may be with or without pointing out an exception)|
|Therefore, Thus, As a result, So, Accordingly, Hence||These words are used to indicate a logical RESULT being drawn from the prior sentences / discussion|
|Because, Since, As, Resulting from||These words are used to indicate a logical CAUSE of the prior sentences / discussion|
|Apparently, At least, Can, Could, May, Might, Should, Possibly, Likely||These words indicate that the author is trying to soften his/ her position regarding a particular viewpoint|
|After all, Must, Have to, Always, Never||These words are used by the author to strengthen his/ her position in the discussion / argument|
|Actually, In fact, Indeed||These words are used to introduce a surprising fact or a point|
|Fortunately, Unfortunately, other adverbs, So-called||These words reveal information regarding an author’s attitude towards something being discussed in the passage|
Now that you know how to decode an RC passage given to you, you must take tests or read passages to consciously identify the purpose of such signal words in a passage. Increase Scores In Reading Comprehension Banking MBA Exams
This will help you a lot in your efforts to boost your scores in reading comprehensions.
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