take the ease of engaging with the digital text for granted

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hailept

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Vietnamese
Can somebody rephrase this sentence for me, please?

"Among those profiles, we found a select group of undergraduates who actually comprehended better when they moved from print to digital. What distinguished this atypical group was that they actually read slower when the text was on the computer than when it was in a book. In other words, they didn't take the ease of engaging with the digital text for granted. Using this select group as a model, students could possibly be taught or directed to fight the tendency to glide through online texts."

Source: A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens
 
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    They didn't let the effortlessness of reading digital text mislead them into reading too superficially; they made an effort to read carefully. It's not how I would have put it.
     

    Juhasz

    Senior Member
    English - United States
    I agree on both points with The Newt. The original phrasing ("they actually read slower when the text was on the computer than when it was in a book") is clearer than the "in other words" reiteration.
     
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