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What “Did I do this” refers to?

There was an unearthly quality to the atmosphere inside the Frieze New York art fair, like the air in a plane—still but pressurized, with an unsettling hum—when the fiction writer Ottessa Moshfegh ...
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How to understand “And Scabbers was here first, and he's ill!” in this context

'Crookshanks doesn't understand it's wrong!' said Hermione, her voice shaking. 'All cats chase rats, Ron!' 'There's something funny about that animal!' said Ron, who was trying to persuade a ...
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How to understand “They were starving him” in this context?

“I don’t blame you, dear,” she assured Harry, tipping eight or nine sausages onto his plate. “Arthur and I have been worried about you, too. Just last night we were saying we’d come and ...
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Help to understand “It drives Mum mad” in this passage

“What does your dad do at the Ministry of Magic, anyway?” “He works in the most boring department,” said Ron. “The Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office.” “The what?” “It's all to do with ...
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What does the man mean by saying this statement?

I read this NYP article about a Volvo car breaking Guinness word record. However, at the end of the article the man said this sentence which I don’t understand: “I don’t see my ex-wife or my kids. ...
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Help to understand this question from reading comprehension in my GRE textbook

The organizers of tomorrow's outdoor concert announced that it will go on tomorrow on schedule unless bad weather is forecast or too few advance tickets are sold. If the concert is canceled, refunds ...
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Reading comprehension question

Can you help me regarding the following question related to the paragraph below. For me, all the options can be answer because each option contains a non-text and text information. Furthermore, ...
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Help to understand: “The apology was not offered to the right,”

Bee later apologized for “using an expletive” to describe the first daughter. “It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it,” she said. The wording of the ...
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Help to understand sentence from this Yahoo news article

First, some context: Before the closing credits roll, Rachel and Nick have just overcome the numerous hurdles placed in their way by his snooty Singapore-based friends and family en route to him ...
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Help to understand this exchange from comment of Yahoo article

A: I don't agree with Omarosa on much, but 'difficult to watch' is as spot on as it gets B: " . . . spot on . . . ", one of the most annoying phrases in the English language. I saw this ...
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”what should be long past his bedtime“ meaning in this context?

Dan Rather @DanRather This is apparently what the President of the United States feels the need to share with the world at what should be long past his bedtime? It's a disgrace. It's racist. And ...
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Help to understand “cost 60,000 auto jobs” and “hit the estimated 200,000 U.S. jobs” in this paragraph

Soon after taking office, President Donald Trump called for a rollback, urging "common sense changes" if the mileage requirements threatened auto industry jobs. However, his administration's ...
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Help to understand “a source told Page Six of the company Trump launched in 2007”

“It’s just never recovered since she stepped away from the company,” a source told Page Six of the company Trump launched in 2007, and other sources told the same site that the company will be ...
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Help to understand the quip “If there were only so much freedom of expression in Iran”

Ten minutes into his speech, he was heckled by a protester, who shouted about the Trump administration "kidnapping children." The protester continued to shout, but she was drowned out by audience ...
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“a massive line’s worth of fans disappointed” meaning?

James also hinted last week at a possible appearance at a Blaze Pizza in Culver City with a tweet on Monday. But James never showed up, leaving a massive line’s worth of fans disappointed. The mural ...
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Help to understand this paragraph

Everything has broken right for England at this World Cup. It sauntered through a top-heavy group with Belgium, conveniently dropping its final game against the Red Devils in a barely-contested 1-0 ...
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meanings of delightfully difficult and judicious customs

I’m reading The Greedy Queen by Annie Gray. Gray talks about a dining style called à la Russe in the Victorian age, and she says: The upper middle classes were the first to really embrace service à ...
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meaning of “image-searching is strictly for those who want to get sacked”

I’m reading The Greedy Queen by Annie Gray. In the introduction, she introduces Queen Victoria as: Myths about Queen Victoria are plentiful, and largely unproven or taken out of context, from the ...
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meaning of “as soon a revolution as to”

I’m reading The Greedy Queen by Annie Gray. The author quotes a court lady’s diary entry about the unfailing daily routine at Queen Victoria’s court, such as breakfast at a quarter to ten, tea at five ...
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meaning of “added pitfall of ensuring”

I’m reading The Greedy Queen by Annie Gray. The author introduced the way people made gelatine in Victorian times: Jellies at this time were set with gelatine extracted from calves’ feet. ...
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'fold over itself' and 'the boundary of the paper'

I'm having trouble comprehending a problem statement (I'm assuming that the problem statement is clear). The first two sentences I can understand (I've added them for context) but the 3rd is giving me ...
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meaning of “in some future state alone it can be quenched”

I’m reading The Greedy Queen by Annie Gray. The author mentions that various royal princes came to visit Queen Victoria as potential marriage partners when she turned seventeen. And Victoria ...
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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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meaning of “come eleven a.m. or so”

I'm reading The Fermented Man by Derek Dillinger. The author talks about his reaction towards sugary sweets after one year of eating very simply. It turns out the average amount of sugar most ...
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meaning of “for all my conviction” and “account for”

I'm reading The Fermented Man by Derek Dillinger. The author talks about how easy it is to ferment vegetables. You just need to cut the veggies and brine them. However, one day he discovered that ...
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meaning of “nutritional tangents”

I'm reading The Fermented Man by Derek Dillinger. The author has this one-year plan of eating only fermented food, such as yogurt and bread. As a result, his options become extremely limited. Then he ...
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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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A GRE reading (verbal reasoning) question

Reading material(Source): Because the subject matter was so personal, the work of several prominent mid-twentieth century poets has been termed "confessional” poetry. But confession is a bad ...
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reading comprehension: meaning of “assume a little extra buffer of paranoia built in”

I'm reading The Fermented Man by Derek Dellinger. He talks about U.S. government's regulations about cheese making. For example, cheese can be sold to the public only if it's been aged a minimum of ...
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True, false, or not given: there are three main kinds of identity theft

Please, reason before looking on the answer or my arguments so you don't become biased. I'm studying for a test and there is this passage (content taken from British Council study material): ...
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A Comprehension question

The techniques employed by science fiction writers are meant to draw the reader into a world where extraordinary events can occur and unexpected scenarios draw a striking comparison to events which ...
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Does the following excerpt say that most animals are active during the daytime?

"This can take many forms. Marine life, for example, is influenced by tidal patterns. Animals tend to be active or inactive depending on the position of the sun or moon. Numerous creatures, humans ...
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meaning of “humours (Elizabethan usage)”

I'm reading an article about Philip K. Dick written by Roger Zelazny. Zelazny talks about Dick's Galactic Pot-Healer and says: Galactic Pot-Healer -- When the encyclopedia defines a particular ...
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meaning of “to say them in all good-intentioned honesty about a story”

I'm reading an introduction to Philip K. Dick written by Roger Zelazny. This introduction is included in PKD's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and the following paragraph is Roger Zelazny's ...
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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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What does 'at the cost of' mean in this sentence?

So I was reading a history book. Here is the paragraph that confused me. Regarding the speed and measures of reforms, the opinions of the progressive factions were divided into two groups. While ...
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getting correct meaning by analyzing a sentence

I have following paragraph and trying to understand what it clearly mention. This paper shows several extensions and discusses the topology approach, while recognizing that reconstruction of ...
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Right answer from comprehension

From the passage I have to answer the following question: According to the passage, which of the following was an important source of revenue in medieval France? Cheese Wool Olive oil ...
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Meaning of a paragraph about a literary heritage

Passage to analyze: Tillie Olsen's fiction and essays have been widely and rightly acknowledged as major contributions to American literature. Her work has been particularly valued by ...
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Context meaning of a passage

Whether the languages of the ancient American peoples were used for expressing abstract universal concepts can be clearly answered in the case of Nahuatl. Nahuatl, like Greek and German, is a ...