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Dear teachers,
Please read the following sentence and the choices:

Being somewhat short-sighted, she had the habit of_____at people.
a. peering b.gazing

The correct answer is b. Could you please kindly tell me why a isn't correct?

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you in advance.

Jiang
 
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jiang said:
Dear teachers,
Please read the following sentence and the choices:

Being somewhat short-sighted, she had the habit of_____at people.
a. peering b.gazing

The correct answer is b. Could you please kindly tell me why a isn't correct?

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you in advance.

Jiang

First of all, the question itself is a problem. "Shortsighted" has two distinct meanings. One is "nearsighted" or "myopic", referring to distance vision. The other is "lacking foresight", not looking ahead or planning for the future. Since this refers to vision, I think "nearsighted" would have been a better choice for a vocabulary test. Nevertheless, it is what it is.

Second of all, I have a problem with the answer. "Peer" and "gaze" are very close synonyms. If one had to find any space between them, it would seem to be that "peer at" is more often associated with difficulty than "gaze at" is. I would therefore, have chosen "peer" if I was forced to make a choice. This is from the AHD:

SYNONYMS gaze, stare, gape, gawk, glare, peer. These verbs mean to look long and intently. Gaze is often indicative of wonder, fascination, awe, or admiration: gazing at the stars. Stare can indicate curiosity, boldness, insolence, or stupidity: stared at them in disbelief. Gape suggests a prolonged open-mouthed look reflecting amazement, awe, or lack of intelligence: tourists gaping at the sights. To gawk is to gape or stare stupidly: Drivers gawked at the disabled truck. To glare is to fix another with a hard, piercing stare: glared furiously at me. To peer is to look narrowly, searchingly, and seemingly with difficulty: peered at us through her glasses.


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Dear Mike,

Thank you very much for your explanation. You are quite right that quite often quetions themselves have problems. As a result we get confused all the time by those choices. And the more we do them the more confused we get.

Jiang


MikeNewYork said:
jiang said:
Dear teachers,
Please read the following sentence and the choices:

Being somewhat short-sighted, she had the habit of_____at people.
a. peering b.gazing

The correct answer is b. Could you please kindly tell me why a isn't correct?

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you in advance.

Jiang

First of all, the question itself is a problem. "Shortsighted" has two distinct meanings. One is "nearsighted" or "myopic", referring to distance vision. The other is "lacking foresight", not looking ahead or planning for the future. Since this refers to vision, I think "nearsighted" would have been a better choice for a vocabulary test. Nevertheless, it is what it is.

Second of all, I have a problem with the answer. "Peer" and "gaze" are very close synonyms. If one had to find any space between them, it would seem to be that "peer at" is more often associated with difficulty than "gaze at" is. I would therefore, have chosen "peer" if I was forced to make a choice. This is from the AHD:

SYNONYMS gaze, stare, gape, gawk, glare, peer. These verbs mean to look long and intently. Gaze is often indicative of wonder, fascination, awe, or admiration: gazing at the stars. Stare can indicate curiosity, boldness, insolence, or stupidity: stared at them in disbelief. Gape suggests a prolonged open-mouthed look reflecting amazement, awe, or lack of intelligence: tourists gaping at the sights. To gawk is to gape or stare stupidly: Drivers gawked at the disabled truck. To glare is to fix another with a hard, piercing stare: glared furiously at me. To peer is to look narrowly, searchingly, and seemingly with difficulty: peered at us through her glasses.


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jiang said:
Dear teachers,
Please read the following sentence and the choices:

Being somewhat short-sighted, she had the habit of_____at people.
a. peering b.gazing

The correct answer is b. Could you please kindly tell me why a isn't correct?

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you in advance.

Jiang

First, please note, the word short-sighted here refers to sight (i.e. myopia, also called near-sightedness) and does not refer to lacking in imagination. Given that the choices 'peer' and 'gaze' make reference to sight, I dare say "lacking in imagination" is a viable interpretation for "short-sighted" in the context provided. That is, the semantic connection has to do with eye-sight.

Second, please note, AHD: Gaze is often indicative of wonder (i.e. Who is that person I'm looking at?); Peer is to look narrowly.

To look at someone 'narrowly' can have a negative connotation, and hence the reason 'peer' is not deemed the correct choice in this case.

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Dear Casiopea,

Thank you very much for your reply. The whole thing is getting complicated.

Best wishes,

Jiang

Casiopea said:
jiang said:
Dear teachers,
Please read the following sentence and the choices:

Being somewhat short-sighted, she had the habit of_____at people.
a. peering b.gazing

The correct answer is b. Could you please kindly tell me why a isn't correct?

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you in advance.

Jiang

First, please note, the word short-sighted here refers to sight (i.e. myopia, also called near-sightedness) and does not refer to lacking in imagination. Given that the choices 'peer' and 'gaze' make reference to sight, I dare say "lacking in imagination" is a viable interpretation for "short-sighted" in the context provided. That is, the semantic connection has to do with eye-sight.

Second, please note, AHD: Gaze is often indicative of wonder (i.e. Who is that person I'm looking at?); Peer is to look narrowly.

To look at someone 'narrowly' can have a negative connotation, and hence the reason 'peer' is not deemed the correct choice in this case.

All the best,
 
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