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Desert 68

"OK, let's go," I said. "It's time to get back to work."
This time we did not manage to work a lot because the storm began.
Seeing the black wall of the storm was approaching us, we took cover in advance in a trench we were digging during the work. Each of us habitually made a spacer for ourselves. A spacer is a crowbar, spade, or pickaxe stuck in opposite walls of a trench. It is best to use fencing crowbar because it is sharp and strong at both ends. There were cases when the wind carried those people out of trenches that were not well fixed.

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

That's shocking that the wind is powerful enough to carry people out of the trenches! They must be so frightened when they hear that a storm is due!

Another excellent passage with hardly any corrections required. Just a few comments

  • Seeing the black wall of the storm was approaching us - Seeing the black eye [in English we use the phrase "eye of the storm". Take a look at this article where you can see it being used: ]of the storm was approaching us.
  • . It is best to use fencing crowbar because it is sharp and strong at both ends - . It is best to use a [you left out the indefinite article here] fencing crowbar because it is sharp and strong at both ends.
  • There were cases when the wind carried those people out of trenches that were not well fixed. - There have been cases when the wind carried those people out of trenches that were not well fixed.

 

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Hi Ed! Thank you for your corrections and link! I'm stuck there reading the news. :)

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"OK, let's go," I said. "It's time to get back to work."

This time we did not manage to work a lot/much because of the storm began.

Seeing the black wall of the storm was approaching us, we took cover in advance in a trench we were digging during the work. Each of us habitually made a spacer for ourselves. A spacer is a crowbar, spade (no comma) or pickaxe stuck in opposite walls of a trench. It is best to use fencing crowbar because it is sharp and strong at both ends. There were cases when the wind carried those people out of trenches that were not well fixed.

Good job

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Thank you! I will need to work on punctuation marks.

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