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    Smile difficult sentence

    dear all in this sentence
    1)“WHAT HAVE I TOLD YOU,” thundered his uncle, spraying
    spit over the table, “ABOUT SAYING THE ‘M’ WORD IN OUR
    what is the meaning of over the table

    2)Uncle Vernon had even padlocked
    Harry’s owl, Hedwig, inside her cage, to stop her from carrying
    messages to anyone in the wizarding world.
    what is the meaning of even padloked why they use even

    3)Lord Voldemort, whose
    name most witches and wizards still feared to speak
    i've found two meaning of whose
    what is the meaning of whose
    thank you
    4) Read a book a month.
    what is the meaning of a month it is not in moth?
    thank you
    5) Harry’s par-
    ents had died in Voldemort’s attack, but Harry had escaped with
    his lightning scar,
    why they use had died not died
    thank you
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    Re: difficult sentence

    Regarding the spitting. He was speaking so loudly or emotionally that his saliva (spit) was out of control. He didn't actually spit on or at the table, it just sprayed from his mouth, and all over the table. This is common with stage actors. In fact, we call the first row, "spitting distance" as you are sure to get showered if you sit there.

    Even is an emphatic word. He padlocked the cage suggests he did it as a routine thing. He even padlocked the cage suggests he went to extra lengths.

    Whose is a possessive pronoun, similar to his and hers. You could replace "Lord V, whose name most..." with "His name most witches..." in which case "his name" would be the subject of the sentence instead of Lord V. It is much better the way she wrote it, above, however.

    If you read a book in one month, then you read a book in a month. But if it is your habit to read at this rate, then you read a book a month (every month).

    The had died construction is consistent. "The had died and Harry had escaped" - tells us something happened DURING the attack in the past. You could say, "They died in the attack and Harry escaped" but it's not quite as clear that it happened then, once, and only once and it isn't going to happen again (I know, I know... how many times can you die?). We are probably talking about his parents, and we have to explain when they died, to clarify that even though we are still talking about the past, there is a past with, and a past without, his parents.

    Maybe another way of explaining it is that it takes away the emphasis on their death, and emphasizes instead that they are no longer living. "They couldn't play with their new grandson because they had died just before his birth." We don't want to talk about the act of their dying; we want to simply draw attention to their absence. If I said, "They couldn't play because they died" then our attention is drawn to their death.

    Probably not much clearer is it?

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