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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 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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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 several ...
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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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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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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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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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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? 0.345, 12....
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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 I ...
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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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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') ...
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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 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?
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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 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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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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GRE reading comprehension [closed]

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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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 literature ...
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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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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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“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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Linking or connected speech in reading English

I tried to read novel and could read every word correctly. But one thing that hindered me was the "connected speech or linking in English". I listened to the audio version of the book but as I ...
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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 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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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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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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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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English books reading complexity ratings

Is there some rating for book regarding how hard they are to read for foreigners? Or the way to figure out how more difficult is book A than book B? I have begun reading "All The King's Men" and ...
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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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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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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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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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Correct way of reading The Nibelungenlied

I'm trying to read "The Nibelungenlied" in metrical English translation by George Henry Needler (http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext05/niebn10h.htm). However, I've got certain difficulties with doing ...
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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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“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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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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What's the word or phrase for “reading strategy/orientation”?

In English, we read from left-to-right, top-to-bottom. In traditional Japanese, text is read up-todown, right-to-left. Is there an English word that describes the "reading strategy" of a particular ...
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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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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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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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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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Where does the sentence fit? [closed]

Look at the four letters (A,B,C,D) that indicate where the following sentence can be added to following passage. This explains how, for example, alpine cushion plants have been found growing at an ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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. ...