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Writing styles in English [closed]

I want to ask you about the types of writing styles existing in English (analysis, arguments, narratives...). Are there other styles. And what are the clues (key words or structure) to identify these ...
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GRE reading comprehension

The following passage is given: Recently an unusually high number of dolphins have been found dead of infectious diseases, and most of these had abnormally high tissue concentrations of ...
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I'm having issues reading more complicated books like 'Utopia' [closed]

Can anyone give any tips of how to read this book (or just reading in particular) better. What either happens is A) I read the words but at the end of the sentence they haven't strung together to ...
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Words and reading level [closed]

There are various measure for Reading Level. Is there a source of information and scores/ratings for individual words? (I'm wondering if some words are only used by certain ages and/or education ...
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Reading comprehension questions

I have some reading comprehension questions and don't know how to solve them. The passage: The kids are hanging out. I pass small bands of students, on my way to work these mornings. They have ...
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Reading zero as O (fifteenth letter in English) [duplicate]

I am new in English and confused for the below. Somewhere I observed that the people are reading zero (0) as Oh (O). Like Tel number E.g:. 0800 (Oh eight hundred). Why? From where it is decided or ...
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Is it “end quote” or “unquote”?

When reading something that has a quote in the middle of it, is it proper to say "end quote" or "unquote" to signal the end of the quote? I've heard both ways.
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Is there a name for this reading habit? [closed]

Someone was asking for advice about reading only half of the letters in a word. Is there a name for it? Example would be...instead of reading "I won't go there with her" you read "I won go here wit ...
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How to read in the 24-hour time system

I understand you read 2000 twenty hundred hours and 0000 zero hours. Then, how do you read 0001 and 0010?
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about the expression 'on someone's behalf'

I know the expression 'on (someone's) behalf' usually reads or is understood as 'instead of someone' but I'm wondering if it's possible for it to have a benefactive reading, that is, if it can be used ...
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How can I increase my focus and pleasure in reading English? [closed]

After working on my oral skills in English for a couple of years, I know more interested in learning written English, specially by reading. I have been reading a couple of books over the last months ...
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Why is English written and read left to right?

Why is English written and read from left-to-right as opposed to right-to-left, top-to-bottom, or (not even sure any language does this) bottom-to-top?
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Popular novelty books for intermediate reading [closed]

I've bought George R.R. Martin's The Game of Thrones book today, but the vocabulary in it is too complicated for me. Please suggest me some books with a lot of dialogs and more common vocabulary
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Are there acknowledged studies about the relationship of vocabulary and comprehension of English language?

Though I’m not sure whether this question is suitable to EL&U site or not, I’m glad if I can get any input on the relationship of the vocabulary and comprehension of English language, or if you ...
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How do I use the word “obtain” together with mathematical formulas?

Until now, I thought that one can use the word "obtain" together with "that", as in By ... we obtain that a²+b²=c². (Many mathematicians who like me are not native speakers are doing this!) Now ...
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What are reading comprehesion tools that can generate or suggest plainer language? [closed]

I'm looking for ways to simplify a document for better comprehension after I have already gone through an editing process myself. It could include suggestions easier synonyms, grammar optimization ...
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How to read aloud a sentence like 'In the year 18.. they decided to move to Bricktown'

How to read aloud a sentence like 'In the year 18.. they decided to move to Bricktown'? Such sentences are common especially in Victorian literature. My only option is 'eighteen and something' but I ...
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Is there a Public Library that lends English Audiobooks? [closed]

In germany there are now a plethora of public libraries where I can borrow Audiobooks. I can search and download DRM protected files and can use them for a couple of days or weeks before they get ...
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No quotation mark in a book?

So I just bought this book 'Requiem for a dream' and I just "found out" that there is no quotation mark in the book in a conversation. So it's up to me to tell when the converstation started by who! ...
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Reading out decimal numbers in English [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to write decimal values in words How do you read numbers like these? 0.12 "oh point twelve", "zero point one two", "zero and twelve hundreds" And these ones? ...
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Vast amount of vocabulary in English books [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there 20,000 English words in the average adult's vocabulary? English is not my native language, but I use it on a daily basis. I started reading English ...
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Reading out numbers in English

What are the accepted guidelines for reading out numbers in English? For example, should 1351 be read out as "one thousand and three hundred and fifty one", or should the "and"s be removed ...
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How to label a digit according to its position in a number

Let's say there is some number like 12345. In Konglish (Korean English), I can label 3 as the hundred's position number and 5 as the one's position number. I don't think this is correct English. How ...
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When and why did the number reading order change [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 19th century English texts occasionally use germanic-style number words, such as “four-and-twenty”. When did this fall out of use? In Arabic and even in ...
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Is it true that only the positions of the first and last letter in a word matter, the rest can be scrambled?

I read this sometime ago, Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabridge uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ...
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How to read a year? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pronunciation of years in English Hello As I know, I can read 1991 as nineteen ninety one. How can I read 2008? twenty o eight? or twenty and eight simply?