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Hi,

Thanks for this. I can see your creative...

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Hi Ed! Thank you for your comment and corrections! I...

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Thank you, Kealin! I will try to use shorter sentences...

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Hi Ed! At the time I myself was only sitting at the...

4 hours 31 min ago
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Thank you, Kealin! At last not a single extra comma!

4 hours 39 min ago

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This is all very explainable. The fact is that our recent settlement fell half a year ago, and we are new here. Those who trusted strangers became extinct long ago. Therefore, when we came here, we went through a rather tedious interview, during which they tried to catch us in a lie. After which we were left, but given a trial period. This tactic seems very reasonable to me. There must be some balance between trust and distrust. Complete distrust is also stupid. Ultimately, newcomers may be more loyal than some of the locals.

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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 really enjoying these short extracts! It is very true what is mentioned - we should not be too trusting and follow people blindly. However, if we don't trust anyone, we won't get anywhere in life. We really need to find that balance.

With regards to your English, I have the following point to make

  • Those who trusted strangers became extinct long ago - this is not grammatically incorrect. However, we do not normally use the word "extinct" in this context. We normally use the word "extinct" when we allude to a species of animal or plant that no longer has any living members. As you are referring to people in this extract, I think it would be more suitable for you to say something like "Those who trusted strangers were killed / vanished / died / wiped out long ago".
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Hi Ed! Thank you! This is well said by you!

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Ros Watson's picture
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Hi Oleks. Good post once again!

The only thing I would change is that you can't start a new sentence with 'After which' in this sense.  You could join it to the previous sentence but this would make the sentence very long.  So I suggest saying 'After this, we were left alone'.

Good audio!

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Hi Ros! Thank you! "After which" really does not fit an the beginning of the sentence.

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This is all very explainable. The fact is that our recent settlement fell half a year ago (no comma) and we are new here. Those who trusted strangers became extinct long ago. Therefore, when we came here, we went through a rather tedious interview (no comma) during which they tried to catch us in a lie. After which we were left, but given a trial period. This tactic seems very reasonable to me. There must be some balance between trust and distrust. Complete distrust is also stupid. Ultimately, newcomers may be more loyal than some of the locals.

 

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Hi Kjcoffin! Thank you! Comma is not so easy for me.

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