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Questions tagged [comprehension]

This tag is for questions related to understanding larger bodies of text.

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The first light picture ever taken!

I was reading a passage about 'selfie' and came across this sentence which was written on the back of the first selfie taken by Robert Cornelius in 1839. "The first light picture ever taken." I can't ...
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What is the conclusion of the passage

A single short story can suggest a desired response from the reader. It is a difficult task, though, to create a world within a single short story and then repeat this world again in other stories ...
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Understanding a sentence

I have read a definition about "personal data" in an ISO/IEC document which states Details of the personal or material circumstances of an identified or identifiable natural person. I don't ...
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“like it like you” vs “like it, like you”

My husband and I have discussed for an hour over this and we still haven’t agreed. Please help! Do these two sentences have different meanings? (A) She doesn’t like it like you. (B) She doesn’...
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Is the sentence below grammatically correct? Is it comprehensible? [closed]

out of context: Gray had already provided a survey in 1995 amongst 2518 SMEs, with the result of 52% of the entrepreneurs having claimed that independence meant being bosses to ourselves or making a ...
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This is from high school English test in South Korea

The question is “ what is the writer’s feeling?” I’m a Korean English private tutor. I want to get a lot of opinions about the correct answer from native speakers? Thank you in advance!
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Fill in the gap question of Chinese college entrance exam [closed]

The following text has been taken from the Chinese college entrance exam: Two weeks earlier, my son, Ben, had got in touch. He'd moved to England with his mum when he was three and it had been 13 ...
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Does adding on to a statement mean you agree with it?

If Person A says "Never trust a used car salesman or a politician" and Person B says "Or a lawyer" is it implied that person B agrees with Person A? Is there a word or phrase for this?
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What is the meaning of “These aren't things”?

An English YouTube teacher is annoyed at some common mistakes his countrymen make. At ~2:20 in this video he says: Would of, could of, and should of. These aren't things. Stop. Why? Is this ...
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How to interpret the two lines in the poem? [closed]

'today is night without the darkness' and "the fish and chip lady sings 'love me tender' over the splutter of fat', what do the two lines mean? Really can't understand it. Thank you for your help.
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The child, I am sure, was part of the appeal…What does it mean? difficult to understand :( [closed]

Can't understand this sentence: "The child, I am sure, was part of the appeal", what does it mean?difficult to understand :( Anyone can help me?
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Clarification on sentence

I cannot comprehend this sentence in my anthropology textbook. If there is to be a stable and effective political system that meets common needs, then there must be people to do that work. Those ...
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A question in comprehension

There was an English exam and it had this paragraph, I have two questions: What does you in this sentence refer to? it is usual as in China, to clean the whole house on the day before New Year, ...
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What is the meaning of “that” as an Internet slang?

I see many times in comment sections of Internet forums such comments as the following: A: This girl is so ugly and I know nobody will date her ever. B: That! What does it mean?
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Suggested vs. infer

I am test taker who has to prepare for reading comprehension questions. Frequently two types of questions appear, namely Which of following is suggested in the passage? Which of the following can be ...
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sudo up to root — I'm not sure if I understand the phrasing correctly

Source: The Official Ubuntu Server Book, 3nd Edition by Kyle Rankin and Benjamin Mako Hill (2014) Example: This way you force users to log in with their regular accounts and sudo up to root, and ...
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What does the phrase 'cross-cutting initiatives' mean?

“The bold but feasible cross-cutting initiatives in this report will improve outcomes for patients with cancer, prevent cancer and increase our understanding of cancer,” said Dr. Lowy.  Here is the ...
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Reading comprehension

When hunching myself answering a reading comprehension task, I was particularly unsettled with one question, which I will show you right now: This is an excerpt from Susan Orlean's "Life is Swell" - ...
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Can I proactively look for a solution but use an idea put forward by someone else?

I took a look at a graduate reading comprehension, cos I'm worried I'm poor at it. The test, to me, makes no sense. E.g. Surely, I'm thinking, an organisation can be "proactive", yet not "put forward"...
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Why are articles in Atlantic magazine difficult to comprehend for an average reader? [closed]

I read articles on ny times, economist, atlantic etc. One thing I noticed is that articles on Atlantic are difficult to comprehend - I have to pay more attention or some times go back and re-read ...
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What is the subject of the first sentence?what does “so that” means? What is the role of two last phrase, could you paraphrase it for me

Just as painted designs on Greek pots may seem today to be purely decorative, whereas in fact they were carefully and precisely worked out so that at the time, their meaning was clear, so it is with ...
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Analyze the role of “had the Chinese not come” in this sentence [closed]

What is the role of had the Chinese not come in this sentence? What is the relationship of the second half of this sentence to the first? The significance of decorations on Chinese pottery may ...
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How to parse this sentence by Joyce's in A Portrait of the Artist?

Joyce's sparing use of commas sometimes makes sentences difficult to parse for me, e.g. The gossip of his fellowstudents which strove to render the flat life of the college significant at any cost ...
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Understand every words but whole passage doesn't make sense [closed]

I am aware that this might not be a good question because you probably won't be able to understand what I am asking if you haven't read "Space Odyssey 2010", and it's impossible for me to introduce ...
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Help me understand what the lady says in the video at 9:46 [closed]

Could you please help me understand what the lady says in the below video at 9:46 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k95ln3wfTFs Just one sentence that is not totally clear to me. Thank you.
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Meaning of “indispensable” in Thoreau quote [closed]

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so called comforts of life, are not only indispensable, but positive hinderances to the elevation of mankind. ~ "Walden", Henry David Thoreau In my dictionary ...
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Is there an art to lying? [closed]

1.) "If you believe that deceivers are colorful folk who mislead with elaborate lies and tall tales, you are greatly mistaken." 2.) "If you yearn for power, quickly lay honesty aside, and train ...
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Have lines crossed!

I couldn't understand the meaning of have lines crossed in the sentence below: "We must have had our lines crossed, thank you for checking." I'd appreciate it if you help me in this order. Thanks
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The differences bewteen “Mere” and “Merely”.

What are the difference between these two sentences: 1) He's a mere boy. 2) He's merely a boy
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Reading Comprehension Question: How to narrow down to correct answer? [closed]

Passage (Its a bit long) The pioneers of the teaching of science imagined that its introduction into education would remove the conventionality, artificiality, and backward-lookingness which ...
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Reading Comprehension question [closed]

Here is a GRE practice question that I have an issue with. It is given here, Question #7. Passage: French cuisine is highly regarded all over the world. Yet in Paris there are more ...
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GRE question - not convinced with the answer

Should we really care for the greatest actors of the past could we have them before us? Should we find them too different from our accent of thought, of feeling, of speech, in a thousand minute ...
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What is the tone of this line?

I am preparing for an aptitude test and then I came to a question. I need to find the 'tone' of a line that is written below. John likes work, it fascinates him! He can sit and look at it for hours. ...
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what is the correct answer choice and why? [closed]

Studies have shown that people who keep daily diet records are far more successful at losing weight than people who don’t keep track of what they eat. Researchers believe that many weight-loss ...
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Ambivalence about the 'respective' rate of increase (or decrease?) in the statements of type

Here is a sentence: "In the United States between 1850 and 1880, the number of farmers continued to increase, but at a rate lower than that of the general population." Now, from this, I infer ...
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Does “I wouldn't do this, if it wasn't compulsory” sound natural? [closed]

Would the above sentence sound natural? If not, what would be the modification?
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What do you call the the effect that causes people to miss the “the the” in this title?

Ages ago someone told me that most readers will not spot a double-the in a sentence. Something about the way we process words apparently filters out the extraneous "the" but I don't know what that ...