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Inferential comprehension: Comprehension that involves using reasoning- drawing conclusions about the relationships between or among bits of information that are not explicitly stated. It requires relating background knowledge to what is read or applying knowledge about text structure to aid comprehension. Examples: Compare the following two sentences: 1) "The roads were icy; Mike drove very carefully." and 2) "Mike drove very carefully because the roads were icy." Comprehending the first involves drawing a conclusion about the relationship between icy roads and driving carefully (inference); the second sentence demands only literal comprehension because the relationship is explained within the context of the sentence.