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“Now listen carefully,” he said. “While you guys were watching the combat show upstairs, I said all this to other groups, and I'm going to repeat it personally for you. Our ruler and all our government want to express their gratitude to you. You are doing very important work. If we did not have this rampart, we would not be at all. The settlements, the inhabitants of which were not engaged in the continuous strengthening of their defense, have long sunk into oblivion."

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kjcoffin's picture
I learn : Spanish (Intermediate)
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“Now listen carefully,” he said. “While you guys were watching the combat show upstairs, I said all of this to other groups (no comma) and I'm going to repeat it personally for you. Our ruler and all our government want wants to express their gratitude to you. You are doing very important work. If we did not have this rampart, we would not be at all (I think you are trying to say, "If we did not have this rampart, we would not be READY at all"). The settlements, the inhabitants of which were not engaged in the continuous strengthening of their defense, have long sunk into oblivion." I would rewrite this sentence to say, "The settlements of the inhabitants that were not engaged in the continuous strengthening of their defense have long sunk into oblivion."

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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Kealin! Thank you for your comment and corrections. I meant "we would not be existing" in that sentence.

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Hi Oleks,

I am glad that the Rulers have expressed their gratitude to the settlers. The worst thing in life (in my opinion) is when people do not appreciate our hard work!

Kjcoffin has done an excellent job of evaluating your text. I would just like to add the following points

  • If we did not have this rampart, we would not be - If we did not have this rampart, we would not be alive today. (we would not be existing does not sound "natural")
  • and all our government - I would say "and all our government officials (they) want to express their gratitude to you. (An official is someone who holds an office in an organization or government and participates in the exercise of authority)"
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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Ed! Thank you for your refinements, they are very useful!

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Ros Watson's picture
I learn : Italian (Beginner) French (Beginner)
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“Now listen carefully,” he said. “While you guys were watching the combat show upstairs, I said all this to other groups, and I'm going to repeat it personally for you. Our ruler and all our government want to express their gratitude to you. You are doing very important work. If we did not have this rampart, we would not be here at all. The settlements, and the their inhabitants of which who were not engaged in the continuous strengthening of their defense defence, would have long sunk into oblivion long ago." [Continue the conditional form by saying 'would have']

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Oleks :
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Hi Ros! Thank you! You gave very interesting corrections which I will try to remember.

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