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Penz
Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 6:45:03 AM

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All these excerpts are taken from "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban".

Wood is advising Harry.
Quote:
Diggory's got a very fast swerve, Harry, so you might want to try looping him-

I don't see how this would help him?


Harry is asking Snape why Lupin is not taking the class.
Quote:
'Nothing life-threating,' he said, looking as though he wished it was.

This is totally hypothetical. Then why not "wished it were"?



Quote:
Harry watched him flick through the notebook.

What exactly is "flick"?
Is it "turning one page at a time, then another" or just using the pressure of the pages by bending the book to turn the pages rapidly"?


Quote:
Harry and Hermione left the room with the rest of the class, who waited until they were well out of earshot...

What does "well" mean here? A dictionary-cited definition would do as I'm unable to determine which definition would fit here.



Quote:
Nevertheless, he was starting to feel very apprehensive. Wood had pointed out Cedric Diggory to him in the corridor...

Why not " in a corridor as the school had many corridors and there hasn't been mentioned any of them in the paragraph?

thar
Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 7:49:14 AM

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Quote:
A2

well adverb (TO A GREAT DEGREE)

A2
very much, to a great degree, or completely:
Knead the dough well, then divide it into four pieces.
He could well imagine how much his promise was going to cost him.
I can't catch the bus - there are no buses after midnight, as you well know.
He plays the piano well enough (= to a satisfactory standard).

C1
used to emphasize some prepositions:
The results are well above/below what we expected.
Keep well away from the edge of the cliff.
It cost well over £100.
Stand well clear of the doors!

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/well
thar
Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 7:50:28 AM

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Quote:
A2
very much, to a great degree, or completely:

Knead the dough well, then divide it into four pieces.
He could well imagine how much his promise was going to cost him.
I can't catch the bus - there are no buses after midnight, as you well know.
He plays the piano well enough (= to a satisfactory standard).

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/well
FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 11:52:28 AM

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Penz wrote:
All these excerpts are taken from "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban".

Wood is advising Harry.
Quote:
Diggory's got a very fast swerve, Harry, so you might want to try looping him-

I don't see how this would help him?
If Diggory has a very fast swerve, it means he can change direction very quickly, so if Harry moves in a circular fashion (looping), he might have a better chance of catching him if Diggory changes direction.

Harry is asking Snape why Lupin is not taking the class.
Quote:
'Nothing life-threating,' he said, looking as though he wished it was.

This is totally hypothetical. Then why not "wished it were"?

Because it is the past. The hypothetical would be for the future, but he's speaking of the past and wishing it "was" the case.

Quote:
Harry watched him flick through the notebook.

What exactly is "flick"?
Is it "turning one page at a time, then another" or just using the pressure of the pages by bending the book to turn the pages rapidly"?
To flick through is to turn the pages very quickly, and sometimes more than one page at a time.

Quote:
Harry and Hermione left the room with the rest of the class, who waited until they were well out of earshot...

What does "well" mean here? A dictionary-cited definition would do as I'm unable to determine which definition would fit here.

thar answered this one.

Quote:
Nevertheless, he was starting to feel very apprehensive. Wood had pointed out Cedric Diggory to him in the corridor...

Why not " in a corridor as the school had many corridors and there hasn't been mentioned any of them in the paragraph?
It's probably a reference to the last corridor mentioned, or the corridor where both of them were located. There would be no reason to mention corridors where they weren't together, only "the" corridor where they were together.
Penz
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2021 2:50:09 AM

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Turning page with index finger. "would it be considered as flicking"?
FounDit
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2021 11:36:51 AM

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Penz wrote:
Turning page with index finger. "would it be considered as flicking"?


Yes. It's not the finger that is the focus, but the manner of turning the pages. Usually, however, it is the index finger, or the middle finger that is used for "flicking".
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