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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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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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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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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 (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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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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Are there any Android app which show a passage with a specific speed to read? [closed]

I'm preparing myself to take an IELTS exam. Now my serious problem in reading part is about my speed to scanning passages. I need an android app which helps me to improve my reading skill. Can ...
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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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What does “The past is never where you think you left it” mean?

It's a quote by Katherine Anne Porter. Does it mean "past won't happen again", or something different?
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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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What are best novels for beginner-immediate English learner [closed]

Where can I find recommendations for English-language fiction appropriate for a beginner-immediate English learner?
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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 ...
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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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Expression/word for reading a book quickly?

Is there an expression or word that describe the action of reading a book very quickly or enthusiastically?
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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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How to pronounce […]?

When reading aloud a quotation, where part is skipped and replaced by [...], what should I say in place of the [...]?
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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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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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What are reading comprehension 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 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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“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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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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“Reading from” or “reading on”?

Which is the correct usage? Reading on screens causes a drop in productivity. or Reading from screens causes a drop in productivity. I'm under the impression that the first usage is correct, ...
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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 ...
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Comprehension - what was the author trying to convey here?

Given this passage: We are even farther removed from the unfocused newspaper reviews published in England between the turn of the 20th century and the eve of World War II, at a time when newsprint ...
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Words related to reading [closed]

Can anyone please pile up the words related to reading?e.g read,browse and peruse. simple explanation of the words welcome. Thanks
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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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Why are decimals read as fractions by some cultures?

I find it very strange that the top results on Google for "how to read decimal" give me a very strange way to read them - as fractions. I have learnt to read the digits individually and it makes a ...
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How to read “BSON”?

BSON is a particular data format used in web development, derived from the JSON format. JSON is pronounced "jay-son" as the Greek hero, and given the tendendcy the scientific community has to have ...
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Word for “studying a research article to get the most out of it”? [duplicate]

From the Word web dictionary: Study: Consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning Particularly, I am looking for a word (synonym of 'study') ...