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    A little help on this reading, please

    Hi can somebody help me with this reading
    I'm having trouble with the test asked about the main point of the passage.

    Here it is:
    Fear of Friday 13th, and of the number 13 generally, is more common than you might think. A recent study by Britain showed that 41% of British people feel uncomfortable about Friday 13th.

    Richard Hall, from Sheffield, has been involved in four crashes on Friday 13th. He has also broken several bones, fallen in a river, been knocked down by a car and walked through a glass door. Now he never gets out of bed on that day.

    Friday 13th interferes with hospital programs and many patients don't want to have operations on that day and it does not seem that more accidents happen on Friday 13th than on any other Friday.

    However, experts claim that number 13 is not really as unlucky as people say. What it really brings is surprises, which can be good as well as bad.
    The main point of the passage is that, in fact, Friday 13th is ______ .

    1. the same as any other day
    2. surprisingly worse than other days
    3. full of good and bad surprises
    4. a bad day in everyone's life


    My first opinion was 3, but 1 also seems correct to me.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: A little help on this reading, please

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    Re: A little help on this reading, please

    could you tell me why?

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    Re: A little help on this reading, please

    Honestly,after re-reading the passage the third option has confused me too.I picked the first because " However, experts claim that number 13 is not really as unlucky as people say" had made me think that way. The third can be confusing 'cos it says "What it really brings is surprises, which can be good as well as bad." Therefore there are two different sentences that lead us to two separate directions. Actually "the experts" mentioned in the text were supposed to do the same research for the remaining days of year to say that just the Friday 13th is full of surprises and the others(364 days) aren't.

    So,in a nutshell,my conclusion(I can't guarantee whether it is correct or not, since I'm not a native speaker or a teacher) is that if we stick to the text strictly we find two contradicting sentences (they seem related but I beg to differ) or adding some common sense to it I can say that the first option is ok.Sorry that I haven't been very helpful but maybe a native speaker who'll pay a visit to this thread helps you out.

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