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    Smile Please help with easier English

    I don't understand the last sentence in bold, please help, thank you.

    Most psychologists now assign phobias to one of the three broad categories: social phobias, in which the sufferer feels paralyzing fear at the prospect of social or professional encounters; panic disorders, in which the person is periodically blindsided by overwhelming fear for no apparent reason; and specific phobias—fear of snakes and enclosed spaces and heights and the like.
    If you are living with a generalized sense of danger, it can be profoundly therapeutic to find a single object on which to deposit all that unformed fear—a snake, a spider and a rat. A specific phobia becomes a sort of backfire for fear, a controlled blaze that prevents other blazes from catching.
    This paragraph is cited from a simulated test on comprehensive ability of CATTI(China Accreditation Test for Translators and Interpreters) Level 2, the editor in chief may be Wang Fuxiang or Lu min.
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    Re: Please help with easier English

    Please cite the source and author of the copyright text you have quoted.

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    Re: Please help with easier English

    Yes, I do it now.

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    Re: Please help with easier English

    Quote Originally Posted by ALBO_Jay View Post
    Yes, I have now done it. now.
    Do you understand the meaning of "backfire" as it used in the piece?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Please help with easier English

    Thanks for the modification.
    It maybe the meaning of "coming back".

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    Re: Please help with easier English

    Look at definition #2 (marked North American) as a noun HERE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Please help with easier English

    sorry, I still don't understand... Would you have simple sentences for this sentence, and for preceding ones if you think it necessary? I know there is a bible version called easy-to-read, which is more understandable than NIV and NASB for an English learner.
    Thanks.

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