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Intermediate Reading Course. Section 1: The Basics

Main Idea and Supporting Details

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Practice 1

In this exercise, you will practice distinguishing general and specific concepts. This skill is necessary to distinguish between general and specific ideas when reading a paragraph (that is, distinguishing main ideas from details).


Instructions. So far in this course, you have learned about paragraphs and main ideas and supporting details. In this exercise, you will see groups of words and phrases. One of them refers to a general concept while the others are specific ideas related to it. Your task is to Identify the general idea.

When you are finished, click “Answer” to check your answer.

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Group 1: volleyball — swimming — sports — soccer

Your Answer:

Sports. (Volleyball, swimming, and soccer are sports.)

Group 2: adjectives — parts of speech — adverbs — transitive verbs

Your Answer:

Parts of speech. (Adjectives, adverbs, and transitive verbs are parts of speech.)

Group 3: profession — teaching — website design — research

Your Answer:

Profession. (Teaching, website design, and research are professions.)

Group 4: anger — love — fear — emotions

Your Answer:

Emotions. (Anger, love, and fear are types of emotions.)

Group 5: French — Danish — Spanish — European languages

Your Answer:

European languages. (French, Danish, and Spanish are European languages.)

Group 6: Hawaii — California — American states — Texas

Your Answer:

American states. (Hawaii, California, and Texas are American states.)

Group 7: Paris — Tokyo — Quebec — capital cities

Your Answer:

Capital cities. (Paris, Tokyo, and Ottawa are capital cities; they are the capitals of France, Japan, and Canada.)

Group 8: bicycles — buses — means of transportation — cargo ships

Your Answer:

Means of transportation. (Bicycles, buses, and cargo ships are means of transportation.)

Group 9: clothes — shirts — pants — dresses

Your Answer:

Clothes. (Shirts, pants, and dresses are types of clothes.)

Group 10: dogs — birds — pets — cats

Your Answer:

Pets. (Dogs, birds, and cats are animals people keep as pets.)

Group 11: comma — punctuation — question mark — colons

Your Answer:

Punctuation. (Commas, question marks, and colons are types of punctuation.)

Group 12: computer parts — mice — hard drives — monitors

Your Answer:

Computer parts. (Mice, hard drives, and monitors are parts of a computer.)

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