Unless you have a method somewhere called RuntimeException() which returns some sort of exception, you would have to regard that code as having a syntax error. Does the explanation say the keyword new is missing?
Oh, I get it now, The sentence "The exception is never instantiated with the new keyword." is not a fact, like "you must never instantiate it with a new keyword".
It should be observed in the context of the previous sentence.
Right, that makes sense, thanks.
Btw a method called RuntimeException()? Wasn't see that coming...
I have worked with countless brilliant people from all over the world who would have been confused in the same way the OP was by the original text and would never have been confused by your simpler re-wording. I am very picky about wording things both precisely, and in ways that avoid common alternate meanings or connotations in dialects of English other than American. I've posted about a number of them.