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How to pronounce " bored " before "watching"?

I am wondering how to pronounce "you may have gotten bored watching that". I have little understanding about if I should pronounce the 'd' in /bɔrd/ or just /bɔr/ before the word 'watching'....
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Facing difficulty in interpreting the meaning of passage

"The main issues of interpretation arising from the work of professionally trained anthropologists are that they are late in colonial/post-colonial trajectories, because professional training ...
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Should I use "inside the drawer" or "in the drawer" when I am talking about a small object?

When I was taking my English classes I came across a doubt: What's the proper way to say: I forgot my book in the drawer or inside the drawer?
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Doubt regarding the airline ticket information [closed]

I recently had an English test where we had to read a passage and answer questions about the meaning. I completely failed to understand certain portions of this passage and do not understand the ...
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What is this bold sentence's meaning? [closed]

How people behave often depends on what others do. If other car drivers or subway users leave for work at 8 a.m., it may be to my advantage to leave at 6 a.m., even if that is really too early from my ...
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Ambiguous sentence

While I read the book "The Body: A Guide for Occupants", I found there an ambiguous senstence: "We pass 800 million heartbeats after 25 years, and just keep on going for another fifty ...
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what does "This subjective world, interpreted in a particular way, is for us the “objective” world" means?

Modern psychological theory states that the process of understanding is a matter of construction, not reproduction, which means that the process of understanding takes the form of the interpretation ...
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What does trying to say means

Like if someone asks what is the writer / author trying to say, does it mean trying as in the definition attempt or effort? Can someone please explain in a clear way with examples.
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"The FFA was created to govern the rules of flying."

Do those sentences have the same meaning? The FFA was created to govern the rules of flying. The FFA was established to give rules to flying.
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Cambridge Advanced English certification, doubts about Reading pt. 6

I am preparing for CAE exam and sometimes the Reading part 6 is obscure to me, even when I am provided with the correct solution. For example take these extracts from this practice: The role of ...
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What are some techniques that helped you with reading speed?

I've lived in the States for three years and generally satisfied with my English skills. The only thing that frustrates me is my reading speed. Despite reading various things required by the school ...
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What parts of word/sentence do native speakers pay attention to when reading/skimming articles?

Do you pay attention to verb conjugation or singular/plural forms of nouns when skimming articles? I am Chinese. I find that I tend to neglect the changes at the end of words unless I read very slow ...
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What is ' in English reading [closed]

What does ' mean in English reading and How to pronounce it and when to put it For example: ba'sabim(made up word)
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Advise for reading skills

I want to develop my reading ability and is there a spesific site which enables me to read whatever I am interested in with a formal writing( I want this as I also wanna learn new words which is ...
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does phrase “keep something from sb.” has some hidden information?

"The Farewell," which features as predominantly Asian cast, tells the story of a young woman named Billi (Awkwafina) whose family decides to keep news of a terminal diagnosis from the family's ...
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How to read this line?

I'm not sure how to read this line: See the child. He is pale and thin, he wears a thin and ragged linen shirt. He stokes the scullery fire. Outside lie dark turned fields with rags of snow and ...
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Reading task from English State Exam in Russia

I'm not sure whether it is appropriate to ask questions like the following one on StackExchange, but you are my only hope. Here's an abstract of reading task and a question taken from 2019 Russian ...
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Numerals: how to read and understand [closed]

Please, help me to puzzle it out:) I've read the sentense in the text about school: "There are about one 600 pupils". The author writes how large the school is. I understand the meaning of the phrase, ...
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What does "people who heard voices were definitely in the bottom ten" convey in this context?

‘All dark,’ Dudley said hoarsely, shuddering. ‘Everything dark. And then I h-heard ... things. Inside m-my head...’ Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia exchanged looks of utter horror. If their least ...
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English and French reading rules

Lieutenant is a word of French origin, and it is read as /lefˈtenənt/. I've never learnt French and I don't know anything about French reading rules, unfortunately. But I guess the English reading ...
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Help to understand this sentence "Harry grinned into his pillow, ..."

Harry rolled over in bed, a series of dazzling new pictures forming in his mind's eye….He had hoodwinked the impartial judge into believing he was seventeen.…he had become Hogwarts champion…he was ...
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Help to understand this conversation

The Great Hall looked its usual splendid self, decorated for the start-of-term feast. Golden plates and goblets gleamed by the light of hundreds and hundreds of candles, floating over the tables in ...
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What does "two large, disheveled shapes" refer to in this context?

Harry felt as though he had barely lain down to steep in Ron's room when he was being shaken awake by Mrs. Weasley. “Time to go, Harry, dear,” she whispered, moving away to wake Ron. Harry ...
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Who said "Give me a reason to do it, and I swear I will.", and why?

"Severus, you're making a mistake," said Lupin urgently. "You haven't heard everything -- I can explain -- Sirius is not here to kill Harry --" "Two more for Azkaban tonight," said Snape, his ...
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How to read mixed fractions? [closed]

Is it correct to read mixed fraction 35 466/635 as ' thirty five and four hundred sixty six over six hundred thirty five'? I know we can read it as thirty five and four hundred sixty six six hundred ...
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"It was a mark of how bad the last week had been that the other two agreed with him." meaning in this context?

There was a tap on the dark window. “It's Hedwig!” said Harry, hurrying to let her in. “She'll have Charlie's answer!” The three of them put their heads together to read the note. ...
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Meaning of the idiom "the playing field is far from level"

Here is an article from an exam. Imagine if just anybody could hike up the tallest mountain in the world and be back again in time for dinner, with no special equipment or training needed. Well, ...
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How to quickly understand mutliple continuous parenthetical phrases?

The problem comes when I try to understand (multiple) continuous parentheses, for example: Summary of text leading up to this: someone purpose to eliminate 13 majors about humanities since they are ...
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Year, P, and grade

I'm a bit confused on the England system when I try to understand the English levels on reading, writing etc. Oxford (https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2017/02/20/14/11/00/314/px_orcs.pdf), is using Year ...
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Letter combination ea

The alphabet letter combination ea makes 6 sounds: bread [bred], teacher ['tiːʧə], break [breɪk], idea [aɪ'dɪə], pageant ['pæʤənt], bearable ['beərəbl]. I know that that the fact that the same ...
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What does make me nervous?

The hallway is eerily empty when I exit the elevator, which always makes me nervous. Which does make me nervous, The hall way, The hall way being empty or the elevator?
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TOEFL reading question

A very different argument comes from Barbara Bender, who argues that before farming, there was competition between local groups to achieve dominance over each other through feasting and the ...
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SAT Reading Question Practice Test #6 [duplicate]

Harouni of course became familiar with this ubiquitous man, who not only accompanied him on his tours of inspection, but morning and night could be found standing on the master bed rewiring the ...
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To read esoteric writings or simple journal article gain more for me? [closed]

I can understand 80% article in bbc news or yahoo. To read esoteric writings or simple journal article gain more for me?
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GRE - Primary purpose of the passage about The Life of Charlotte Bronte

Source In The Life of Charlotte Bronte (1857), the first and the most celebrated biography of novelist Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell promoted the long-persisting romantic view of Bronte as ...
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A controversial GRE reading question(Buell’ study of village sketches...)

Source Buell’s study of village sketches (a type of fiction popular in the United States in the 1830s and 1840s) provides a valuable summary of sketches that portray the community as homogeneous ...
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How to easily read not simple English? [closed]

I am an intermediate level English learner and I wish to be fluent in English in order to be able to easily read academic subjects, books, novels, and researches written in not simple English, so I ...
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How do you read the date 13 June?

How do you read the date 13 June? Is it thirteen of June, thirteenth of June, thirteenth June. Do you say 'of' before the month? I think first day, after month is British but I wish other English ...
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Is 20 eyes an expression that means 20 person [duplicate]

The book slipped from his hands and fell on the floor with loud noise, 20 eyes looked up at him and his face turned red..... Q: approximately,how many persons where at the library? •10 •20 •40
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How much seconds for punctuation when we read a loud text?

I have one question that when we read text for comma, semi-colon we use approximately 1 second of pause and for period and colon there is 2 second of pause but I also want to know about following: ...
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Could you help me to understand this sentence?

Certainly we will, said Glaucon; and in a few minutes Polemarchus appeared, and with him Adeimantus, Glaucon's brother, Niceratus the son of Nicias, and several others who had been at the procession. -...
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Is Sherlock Holmes good to study English? [closed]

The novel was first published over 100 years ago. Its English might be quite different than it is now. The question is this: Will reading it help me to improve my English?
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Singular Plural

Is the word "gene" a countable noun? I'm asking you this question to answer the problem below: "Proponents argue that this particular strain is altered only by the removal of the gene responsible for ...
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I can't understand this expression [closed]

A typical use of a function object is in writing callback functions. A callback in procedural languages, such as C, may be performed by using function pointers. Here is the sentence that confuses me: ...
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Can I say 'around the 1800s'? How do I read '1800s'?

Tasmanian wolf died out around the 1800s. Q1. Is the above sentence correct? (I'm not sure whether I can use 'around' here.) Q2. How do I read 'in the 1800s' aloud? Thank you!
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Tips for easy-to-read unabridged English fiction for language learners? [closed]

I am looking for English fiction (novels, short stories, novellas) that are easy to read for English learners. I am especially looking for fiction that has roughly the same level as Tracy Chevalier's ...
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Comprehending a passage

Consider this passage (Source): Few question the propriety of the current haste on the part of manufacturers to bring out "new and improved" products at the prevalent rate. At one time, in the dim, ...
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meanings of "sling inside", "raff round" and "a cat amongst the Blitz"

I'm reading The Muse by Jessie Burton. The following descriptions are about a woman who comes from the upper class of London in 1967: "Wide black slacks that billowed like a sailor’s as she walked. ...
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How to improve reading/writing skills when spoken English is good?

My friend's spoken (speak/listen) English is very good, almost as a native English speaker. However, she finds it very hard to read English (to the extent of taking 2-3 seconds to read simple words),...
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What can be inferred about the application?

I read the following in a TOEIC book: Ben Hayes: Hi, all. Just checking up on everyone. Want to make sure we’re on track for July’s launch date. Manuela Ruiz: Hi, Ben. I’ve just spoken with ...
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