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Archive | Reading Comprehension

Reading Practice: The Legacy of Edmund Wilson Part 1 — Question

Welcome to more TOEFL reading practice! In our last series, we took a look at two of the most common TOEFL reading question types, vocabulary and detail questions. To put those questions in context, each TOEFL reading passage has between 12 and 14 questions, of which 4-6 will be vocabulary questions and 2-6 detail questions. […]

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The Four Present Tenses and their Ten Uses

Many philosophers and motivational speakers talk about the importance of living in the present. A lot of people would agree. However, when I hear this, all I can think is “which present”? As many English teachers and English students know, there are many different ways to describe the present. In English, there are four present […]

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TOEFL Reading Question Type: Detail

Detail questions ask you about information that’s specifically stated in a small part of the passage. They generally focus on the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” and “why” as explained by the author. Detail questions usually take one of these formats: According to Paragraph X, _____ occurred because… According to Paragraph X, which is true of […]

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TOEFL Reading Question Type – Paraphrase

Paraphrase questions will ask you to decide which of the given answer choices best summarizes a particular sentence from the passage. The correct answer choice will contain all the important points (“essential information”) from the first sentence and will retain the original sentence’s basic meaning. You will never have more than one paraphrase question in […]

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