I'm reposting the question again because the picture of the image doesn't show up in the previous posting.

Please feel free to share your precious opinions on the basis of opinions suggested before.

The following is from a Korean scholarastic aptitude test.

Would you try this?

The question is to choose the number of word which is not proper on the basis of the following picture.

1. 다음 그림을 바탕으로 한 글의 흐름으로 보아, 밑줄 친 단어의 쓰임이 적절하지 않은 것은? [3점]

If you connect a primitive digital camera to your PC and aim it at a happy face, your computer might perceive the image as it appears on the right-hand side of the given drawing. The digitized image of the face is ①rough because the computer thinks in terms of ones and zeros and makes all-or-nothing approximations. This will, in some cases, ②enhance subtle information about light versus dark differences, hence the ③lack of detail in the eyes and mouth, and in other cases ④exaggerate such differences, as shown in the edges of what should be a ⑤smooth, gradually curving face.

Thanks for reading.

The answer is #2 enhance.

What I want to know is if #2 is not proper, what word is possible?


<Clive from Canada>


I don't really find the word 'enhance' wrong in this context.

Best wishes, Clive

<Tidus from England>

I don't fully understand what this is actually saying, but "enhance subtle information about light versus dark differences, hence the lack of detail...", if subtle information is 'enhanced', it doesn't sound right that it would lead to a 'lack' of detail? I'd have thought, enhanced would result in more detail?

Therefore, you could replace 'enhance' with 'affect' or 'reduce'

<Grammar Geek from Pennsylvania, USA>

I think "ignore" might work.

It can't see the subtle difference - it's all black or it's all white, so if a spot it's looking at has both, it has to make a decision about whether to go all black or all white. Other choices: overlook, minimze...

<Stenka25's reply for all of the opinions above>

Thanks all of you.

Clive, Tidus, Grammer Geek.

I think Tidus' and Grammer Geek's reply is logical.

Here's what I thought on the ground of your opinions.

In the following part, "enhance subtle information about light versus dark differences," ENHANCE contradicts LACK in "the lack of detail."

Since "enhance subtle information about light versus dark differences" means that the image becomes more clear, "the lack of detail" conflicts with "enhance subtle information about light versus dark differences."

In the given drawing 'the lack of detail' makes sense, so 'enhance' is wrong. And this is Tidus' point.

But in terms of proper words, I think Grammer Geek's answer is better.

So I take his one, 'ignore or overlook.'

Am I right?

(Thanks for reading this long post, but I want to doublecheck^^)

Pleas feel to join to share your opinion.

The pic still doesn't show up...
Sorry, I cannot make the picture show up.

Thanks anyway.