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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 quick understand in continuous parentheses?

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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Trusted source for reading English [closed]

Because I'm not a native speaker and I can't judge the content of websites, I ask for help in directing me to a good website which contains good English (not much informal) that I can read daily from ...
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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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How is popular/useful Onset Rime word splitting during initial Phonological Awareness training?

We know that English doesn't have regular orthography and all spelling reforms was failed. I am surprised by learning methodology on reading/spelling with using onset / rime word splitting. From ...
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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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How should I read these numerical phrases?

How should I read these sentences that contain numerical (?) phrases? A: "I have gone there 3-4 times." 1- I have gone there three, four times. 2- I have gone there three to four times. 3- I ...
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my exam question? [closed]

I had an exam yesterday and this question was challenging for me jack is not the kind of man____ work. had avoided avoiding to avoid avoids I answered 2 and someone said I ...
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Improving reading skills [closed]

I am big fan of Sherlock Holmes and I watched all Tv series and movies. Also I want to read all Sherlock Holmes stories in English. I need to improve my reading skills and expand my vocabulary. So I ...
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Do you pronounce words in your head when reading?

Whenever I read (silently), I hear a voice in my head speaking the written words. I've tried to mute this voice while reading, but have been unable to thus far. Is this a universal aspect of reading,...
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Does reading by itself lead to speaking well?

I'm curious about how non-native speakers learn to speak well in their countries. Aside from today's technology, they don't have the access to the spoken language. But people living hundreds of years ...
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How to read silently? [closed]

I am not a native English speaker. I could understand what they spoke on TV programs (such as Discovery and National Geographic) , but I dont know how to read books silently. I tried to practice first ...
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Thus was the final act of ferocious farce

I'm having a hard time understanding this sentence. I don't get the function of the verb LEFT in it. "Thus was the final act of ferocious farce left until that bloody week in May 1871 when some ...
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What does this sentence mean? “not any more than” phrase

I'm confused about this sentence from The Catcher in the Rye: They don't do any damn more molding at Pencey than they do at any other school. I can think of two interpretations: Other schools do ...
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Must I read books to improve my vocabulary and grammar? [closed]

I have a major problem. I can't really decide what I should do. In school, I'm in an english performance class. We're going to read some books, and already are reading "To Kill A Mockingbird", but I'...
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How to improve understanding of long sentences in prose?

What are some efficient, methodical, productive ways to improve the skill and speed of interpreting, parsing, and reading long prosaic sentences? I refer not only to legalese or legal language, but ...
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TOEFL: Cambridge tests vs Barron's tests (reading section) [closed]

Yesterday I took TOEFL trial test in a testing centre and got 18/30 from reading section. It was a "Cambridge preparation for TOEFL test". Before that I had taken several "Barron's TOEFL iBT" tests at ...
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Does it mean that men are more likely to harass people or is it saying that men harassing men is more common than women harassing women?

Link to the source where this is found Men are more likely than women to harass. Both male and female students are more likely to be harassed by a man than by a woman. Half of male ...