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Comprehending a passage

These questions both stem from, I believe, you not knowing what time-tested means. Time-tested means "done or used for a long time and proved to be effective" (Merriam-Webster). The implication of the ...
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what does "This subjective world, interpreted in a particular way, is for us the “objective” world" means?

Note that the word "objective" is in quotes. This indicates that it's not really objective. Some people call these scare quotes. We experience everything in a subjective way. But we cannot ...
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What does 'the party of visitors refer to in the article below?

The 'party of visitors' consists of two swans, four greylag geese and a gaggle of feral pigeons and gulls. The fact that they are animals (and, hence, cannot speak) is indicated by the clause 'if only ...
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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?

The key is actually the sentence before: “It shouldn't be too difficult - I think the cloaks big enough to cover two of us and Norbert.” Harry thinks that a single cloak can cover 2 children and a ...
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Reading task from English State Exam in Russia

Yes, the answer would be the arts. The key phrase here is "it also strives to make the arts accessible to all citizens." This shows that the purpose of the auditorium is making the arts accessible to ...
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How to read A.D. and B.C.?

Always just say the letters "BC" and "AD". More people know what "AD" means than what "Anno Domini" means.
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Help to understand this conversation

The author has just finished describing Nearly Headless Nick, and then writes "'Good evening!' he said, beaming at them." From this, you can gather that the "he" here is referring to Nearly Headless ...
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Singular Plural

Gene is definitely a countable word, as it says in the dictionary: gene /dʒiːn/ noun [countable] The paragraph says the gene, so it means that there is one gene which is responsible because gene ...
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Year, P, and grade

The grades marked with P are Scottish, the ones marked as Year X are English, while "grade" refers to the US system. This chart from this PDF should help you understand, in general, how it compares: ...
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GRE - Primary purpose of the passage about The Life of Charlotte Bronte

The answer is definitely C. The author of this passage describes Gaskell's writing using language that implies it is erroneous. "Romantic", "portrayed", the implication that a person could spring ...
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A controversial GRE reading question(Buell’ study of village sketches...)

D is wrong because nothing in the text says Gilligan is asserting that this is a feature of good writers. In fact we know absolutely nothing about any of Gilligan's opinions, the only thing we know ...
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How to easily read not simple English?

For reading academic and technical studies it is probably more important to be intimately familiar with the subject matter than to have mastered the subtleties of English expression. When you are ...
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How to improve reading/writing skills when spoken English is good?

My suggestions here are based on experience as an educator; I'm not a teacher of English. We are trying to help build associations between heard/spoken words and words on a page. This is made more ...
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Letter combination ea

In the words "idea" and "pageant", the "ea" shouldn't be analyzed as the same digraph that occurs in the other words that you mention. The pronunciation [aɪ'dɪə] came to have the sound [ɪə] via "...
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Can I say 'around the 1800s'? How do I read '1800s'?

When you use the word "around" like this, it means "approximately" or "in the vicinity of" or "in the neighborhood of". When you use it with years, you'd give a rough year as an example: "...around ...
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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?

It seems to be saying that: The fact that the other two agreed with him was indicative of how bad the last week had been. "It" in the beginning refers to the act of agreeing. "A mark" is another ...
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What does "two large, disheveled shapes" refer to in this context?

In the Potter books, I am not sure it is fair to infer that creatures are necessarily humans. As I read it, there seem to four sleeping in the room: Ron in one bed, Harry in the other, and two, one of ...
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What does "two large, disheveled shapes" refer to in this context?

I believe that J.K. Rowling here means that there were two misshapen shapes emerging from the blankets. Imagine something like this: The blankets were disheveled by the objects inside them. (The ...
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Who said "Give me a reason to do it, and I swear I will.", and why?

Well, it's not crystal clear but I think that is Snape the one that said "Give me a reason". Notice the sequence: Black started toward Snape Snape pointed his wand Snape threated Black [Give me a ...
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How to quickly understand mutliple continuous parenthetical phrases?

A quick way to understand it would be to try and read it without the parenthetical statements. After all, parenthesis are supposed to contain only supplementary information or clarifications. You ...
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Help to understand this sentence "Harry grinned into his pillow, ..."

The usual collocations are cried | wept | sobbed into his | her pillow. You've understood it correctly.
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What does "people who heard voices were definitely in the bottom ten" convey in this context?

The phrase people who heard voices were definitely in the bottom ten is explaining why Vernon and Petunia were so horrified at Dudley's statement. It is telling us that they had very strong feelings ...
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Reading task from English State Exam in Russia

This is a bit subjective, but I would go with "arts". While the other three subjects are mentioned, only arts is explicitly presented as being something being provided to people. All buildings, by ...
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How to read this line?

You are correct. Outside lie dark turned fields with rags of snow and darker woods beyond that harbor yet a few last wolves. This sentence from Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, 1985, is in two ...
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What is ' in English reading

The apostrophe has 3 main uses in English grammar: 1) to form possessive nouns (eg "John's car") 2) to show the omission of letters (eg "Isn't" instead of "is not") 3) to indicate plurals of letters, ...
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"The FFA was created to govern the rules of flying."

Give rules implies that it made the rules. Govern the rules implies that the rules already existed and the organisation was set up to make sure that people kept them.
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What does trying to say means

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the main meaning of try is "to attempt to do something". If you were having a party and you were unable to contact one of your friends to invite them, ...
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Ambiguous sentence

Before 25: 800e6/25yrs= 32e6/yr. Assuming the heart rate remains the same after 25 years, the total is (25 yrs + 50 yrs) * 32e6/yr = 2400e6 beats, or 2.4e9 = 2.4 billion. The statement "keep ...
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What is this bold sentence's meaning?

They are talking about game theory and the idea of equilibriums, in other words optimal solutions to the game. Note that game in this context is a very broadly defined term, we aren't just talking ...
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Doubt regarding the airline ticket information

This text is dreadfully unclear. The 2 tickets which are free are not absolutely free, but only a certain amount called base charge is free. This is not clear. What is "base charge"? It ...
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