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How to read a quotation with omission?

How can you read (orally) a quotation that has some parts omitted with ellipsis points? For example, consider the following sentences: The original sentence: "To read a quotation with omission --...
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Comprehension Reading from a paragraph. I need help in this one

According to the following paragraph obtained from: https://www.gofluent.com/blog/importance-of-writing-in-language-learning/ "Writing is a much slower process, letting you organize your thoughts ...
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What is the proper answer and why?

According to the following paragraph obtained from: https://www.gofluent.com/blog/importance-of-writing-in-language-learning/ "As the global workplace forces us to improve our communication ...
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Reading Comprehension Question couldn't find any satisfying explanation online

Exotic insect pests can produce both short-and long-term effects on forest ecosystems. Shortterm effects include the disturbances directly associated with the action of the pest, which may cause the ...
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Sentence structure breakdown

“While new census data reveals that unemployment numbers are more dire than was previously suspected, it is not clear that the forecast for American entrepreneurship is equally alarming. An article in ...
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What is the difference meaning of the two sentences?

Mindy hung the picture over the book shelves that she painted last week. Mindy hung the picture that she painted last week over the book shelves.
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plus; no distortion in it / plus, with no distortion in it, plus; there's no distortion in it

Which form of tis text is better? "Why are you so busy with Torah? The Quran already gives you whatever is in the Torah, plus; no distortion in it, so read it instead!" or Why are you so busy with ...
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GRE-level reading materials

I am preparing for the GRE-reading part. I am told that Guardian, Economist LA times are good reading sources. But the thing is they all cost a lot to subscribe. Is there free reading materials online ...
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What do you understand from this? Is this person a football player?

"I have always wanted to be a footballer. I am very happy because my dreams have come true. I don't see football as a job for me. I used to enjoy it, I still do." This is not the full text but this ...
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What is the history behind how date is read?

I was trying to find out if there were reading guidelines for dates, e.g., for broadcasting or competitive recitation. There seem to be a few different accepted ways of reading out dates, e.g., 1, or ...
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What does the exact phrase “on part with” mean?

I encountered that phrase in the following context. The first numbered item in an unofficial translation of the "Casablanca Protocol"of 1965 says: "(1) Whilst retaining their Palestinian nationality, ...
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what does “important as types” mean?

the scientific interest of American history centered in national character , and in the workings of a society destined to become vast in which individuals were important chiefly as types. 1. does ...
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what does “hold fat cats' paws to the fire” mean?

the fourth line : gravity-defying: I think i can figure what it means - their pay is so high - but I don't get it that the way the two words combine. I mean, I can't see these two words' relation. ...
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confused about this sentence

it is simple enough to say that since books have classes, we should separate them and take from each what it is right that each should give us I bold the sentence that makes me confused, I can't ...
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This is an English question in a Korean SAT mock test. Anyone can help?

The following is the confusing question.. Choose the right place for the following sentence among the five places numbered (1) through (5) in the given passage below. The sentence: "Change, ...
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Function of a line in this Reading Comprehension

While chocolate was highly esteemed in Mesoamerica, where it originated, its adoption in Europe was initially slow. There is a common belief that Europeans needed to "transform" chocolate to make ...
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Why is the past participle used to describe actions occurring in the present?

Something I don't understand: why is the past participle used for describing actions in the present notwithstanding the name? There are two forms of participle in English – present participle and ...
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“What colour is your car”, What is subject there

I don't understand what is subject in sentences like these "What colour is your car", subject is "What colour" or "your car" "What size is this shirt" "What time is it" etc. A little similar "Who ...
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The meaning of this sentence?

What is the meaning of "Leaving aside the philosophical question of whether anyone should have to breathe someone else’s cigarette smoke, the report suggests that the smoke experienced by many people ...
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“To each is specialty.” I do not understand

-"Write about what you know. To each is specialty*. It is important to stick to the themes defined in the additional charter of your site. Don't scatter on topics outside the scope and be faithful to ...
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IELTS reading passage issue №2 (English as a foreign language learner I am)

I have been taking IELTS mock exams recently on a website. (The tests are probably taken from Cambridge textbooks). So I have a point I may disagree with in the Reading section. I had to choose ...
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IELTS Reading passage issue (English as a foreign language learner I am)

I have been taking IELTS mock exams recently on a website. (The tests are probably taken from Cambridge textbooks). So I have 2 points I may disagree with in the Reading section. I had to choose ...
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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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Are there any references that the English language is written and read from left to right and from top to bottom? [duplicate]

What is the basis this? I have practically done hours of research and I couldn't find any source or reference about this. I AM NOT ASKING WHY. I AM ASKING FOR A REFERENCE.
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What is the name of the V/Y-shaped sign used when adding something (a letter, word, etc.) to a sentence?

My father is police officer. For example, when editing my student's writing (which is handwritten), this is what I do: a My father is Y police officer. If anyone happens to know how to do ...
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“Were someone someone, … would …” structure

I have been practicing my English reading skill for a while. I try to read news article from various sources. Lately, I found this article (link: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/10/...
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Issue in this reading comprehension passage - do subsequent statements counter the original statement?

This comprehension comes from a CBSE Paper, which is the final English Paper for Grade 12. I am selecting the paragraph from which the question is from. I could not find the passage in text form, ...
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How to read … (dot dot dot)?

For example here the sentence is, "Consider any sequence of data points x0, x1, x2,... in R" It messes up my mind when I can't loudly read something. How is ... (dot dot dot) pronounced in such a ...
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What does “but she felt it all the way down” mean?

A paragraph from Redemption Road: A Novel, by John Hart: People filed out. The big patrolman waited until the end and brushed Elizabeth with a shoulder as he passed. The contact was swift, but she ...
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Meaning of “impregnating” in this context? [closed]

A functionalist approach to the role of dance in society is summarised in Radcliffe-Brown's view that the basic conditions for an orderly social existence depend on the transmission and maintenance of ...
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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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How to pronounce “slash” in giving an address

How to pronounce "slash" in giving an address, meaning the corner of 2 streets? I live at 1/9 Park Lane. Should it be read as one slash nine Park Lane?
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Reading Comprehension for MCAT (how to understand this sentence)

At the same time, many architectural critics seem to be convinced that the present call for sustainability with its "green buildings" is but another screen behind which well-known old power structures ...
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Question about GRE sentence in supporting the passage?

I am confused about the this solution. It says that the author includes "East End working-class theaters" to illustrate that the magazines can sway public opinion. Although the preceding sentence ...
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Disagreement with my English teacher on a GRE reading comprehension question…would like your opinion [closed]

I've come across a question where me and my teacher disagree on what is the correct answer for a GRE reading comprehension question. First, here is the passage: ...Before feminist literary ...
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Correct answer to a “Multiple choice” Question

Read the following paragraph: Morning is also great for breaking out the vitamins. Supplement absorption by the body is not temporal-dependent, but naturopath Pam Stone notes that the extra boost at ...
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Problem in IELTS Reading

I'm going to give my IELTS test soon, I've been in confusion for 15 mins. Please check out this reading passage: And this is the question which is causing problems: I'm not able to locate its answer ...
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How do “despite” and “rather than” work with each other at here

I read an article from Wall Street Journal by chance this morning. There was a sentence in it, "When an agreement to protect the Dreamers is reached, it will be despite this president rather than with ...
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Should I read stage directions when reading from a play? [closed]

I will be doing an oral presentation on a play next week. I am not sure if I should read the adjectives in this sentence, because it is followed by a quotation mark.      &...
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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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In general, how to improve reading comprehension in nonfiction books? [closed]

I am a high school sophomore, and I am strongly interested in history and religions, so I have the urge to read long and technical nonfiction books regarding them. (For example large textbooks about ...
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Reading question on a TOEFL preparation book

This text is given: In the twentieth century, architects in large cities designed structures in a way that reduced noise and yet made living as comfortable as possible. [A] They used such ...
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“the man with the boring, repetitive job who needs more money”? [closed]

You can argue that it is the man with the boring, repetitive job who needs more money to make up for the soul-destroying monotomy of his work. My teacher said this sentence implied that the man ...
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Is reading uppercase sentences hard? [closed]

When there's an uppercase sentence, I've found it's hard to read easily. Is it just me or do others also experience this?
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What is the word for words that oppose all the things they describe? [duplicate]

I am looking for a word but I'm not sure if it's a real word or if I just don't know it. I am discussing George Orwell's novel, 1984, and how the titles oppose all the things they describe. For ...
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How to break sentence into chunks (during reading of sentence)?

I have confusion that how to divide sentence into chunks so that I can use slight pause between each chunk while reading? For example: The capacity of methodical exercise (short pause) to lower ...
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Reading date with numbers such as “27.10.82” [closed]

Can you please say how to read if the date is written like this: 27.10.82 Should it be pronounced - 27th October, 1982 or can we say just the numbers? If only numbers are enough, should we say point ...
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How to determine the answer to this reading comprehension question?

I took an English reading comprehension test that was marked as 'advanced' as I am studying advanced English at the moment. Wanted to know at which level I am currently at. The test asks a series of ...
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How to break sentences to get clear understanding? [closed]

Sparva, unlike Treland’s other provinces, requires automobile insurers to pay for any medical treatment sought by someone who has been involved in an accident; in the other provinces, insurers pay for ...