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    Is or are

    Dear teachers / members,

    Please help me with these:

    1) Is here (underlined part) the verb “are”?

    Perhaps you would like to know what reading speeds is / are common among native English speaking university students and how those speeds can be improved.

    2) The phrase “What is equally important is to feel the language has the same meaning to “Equally important is to feel the language.”? . I can not understand the meaning of What is equally important is to feel the language”. Please show me whether it has meaning or not.

    How can I learn English well? This is a question many students ask. In my opinion, the most effective way is to learn lessons by heart. If you can recite the text and write it out, youve learned it fairly well. And if you can tell, in your own words, what the lesson says youre a very successful learner indeed. Your English will be quite perfect.
    This is a difficult task. However, if you try to learn by heart only part of each lesson, youll find it not half so hard as you might have thought.
    Learning this way, you will make rapid progress. Of course, writing is also necessary. It helps you a lot on our way to success in English.
    What is equally important is to feel the language. You should be able to laugh at jokes and be shocked at bad news. When using English, try to forget your mother tongue. Instead of helping you, your own language gets in your way. So, never try to see English through translation.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Is or are

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenixqn81 View Post
    Dear teachers / members,

    Please help me with these:

    1) Is here (underlined part) the verb “are”?

    Perhaps you would like to know what reading speeds is / are common among native English speaking university students and how those speeds can be improved.

    2) The phrase “What is equally important is to feel the language has the same meaning to “Equally important is to feel the language.”? . I can not understand the meaning of What is equally important is to feel the language”. Please show me whether it has meaning or not.

    How can I learn English well? This is a question many students ask. In my opinion, the most effective way is to learn lessons by heart. If you can recite the text and write it out, youve learned it fairly well. And if you can tell, in your own words, what the lesson says youre a very successful learner indeed. Your English will be quite perfect.
    This is a difficult task. However, if you try to learn by heart only part of each lesson, youll find it not half so hard as you might have thought.
    Learning this way, you will make rapid progress. Of course, writing is also necessary. It helps you a lot on our way to success in English.
    What is equally important is to feel the language. You should be able to laugh at jokes and be shocked at bad news. When using English, try to forget your mother tongue. Instead of helping you, your own language gets in your way. So, never try to see English through translation.

    Thanks in advance.
    If you understand what you read or hear like in youw own tongue it means you feel the language. Some people can translate all the words in the text but they can't say what it is about with their own words. They don't feel the language. Or suppose you want to say something in English. you don't simply make up the sentence in your language and then translate directly but just say as the native speaker would say. It also means that you feel the language...

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    Re: Is or are

    DEAR HARRY SMITH,

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR REPLY.

    1) PLEASE HELP ME TO CONFIRM WHETHER THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE IS RIGHT:

    Perhaps you would like to know what reading speeds are common among native English speaking university students and how those speeds can be improved.


    2) I UNDERSTOOD THE MEANING OF THIS PASSAGE. BUT I JUST HAVE QUERRY:
    Does the phrase “What is equally important is to feel the language has the same meaning to “Equally important is to feel the language.”? . I can not understand the meaning of What is equally important is to feel the language”. Please show me if it has meaning or not.

    THANK YOU AGAIN.

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