Further to our discussion on another thread I was curious to see what a piece of text looked like with every word, apart from the fiirst 100 HFWs, removed. So I found a children's story online, that seemed to be at the reading level of a competent Y6 and took out all but the HFWs. This is the first couple of paragraphs. (The *** and ----which substitute for the missing words don't bear any relationship to the length of the missing word, it would have taken hours to do that!) Ior suggested that a child could get the gist of a text knowing little more than the HFWs. I was interested in testing that. My challenge: what is this story about? Interestingly, I have removed 95 discrete words from this short passage. About half a dozen of them may have been from the next 100 HFWs, but they only occurred once in the passage.