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The D-gap function has been useful in developing unconstrained descent methods for solving strongly monotone variational inequality problems. We show that the D-gap function has certain properties that are useful also for monotone variational inequality problems with bounded feasible set. Accordingly, we develop two unconstrained methods based on them that are similar in spirit to a feasible method of Zhu and Marcotte based on the regularized-gap function. We further discuss a third method based on applying the D-gap function to a regularized problem. Preliminary numerical experience is also reported.