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    reading

    Hi there,

    1. The subject of organ transplants on the mainland makes disturbing reading, with organ harvesting from executed prisoners.
    Does 'reading' mean 'study' or 'come to know'?

    2. It is a tall order to expect the surgeons to make a difference on their own.

    What is the meaning of 'tall' here?

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    Re: reading

    Dear Pete:

    1. The subject of organ transplants on the mainland makes disturbing reading, with organ harvesting from executed prisoners.
    Does 'reading' mean 'study' or 'come to know'?
    Yes, in a sense. X makes disturbing reading means that upon reading about X, we are disturbed by what we learn.

    2. It is a tall order to expect the surgeons to make a difference on their own.

    What is the meaning of 'tall' here? The idiom 'a tall order' means any formidable task or request. 'Tall' is used in the sense of 'difficult'.
    Example:
    'Finishing the project in a week was a tall order, but we worked night and day to get it done.'

    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra

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    Re: reading

    Hi there,
    I still don't understand how to use 'reading' here. Could you give me more example to explain this?

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    Re: reading

    Pete:

    News accounts of the current situation in Zimbabwe make for disturbing reading.

    Mr. Gilbert's History of the Holocaust makes disturbing reading.

    Her letters home from the countries she visited made delightful reading.

    Jack's emails about his new job make entertaining reading.

    'Reading,' in these examples, stands for a combination of the act of reading (and therefore learning) and the content of what is read.

    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra

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