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While Ilak kept a sullen silence, Ghom stuck to our foreman with questions: "Do you know anything about the Scarlet Kingdom? How they behave in the settlements that have switched to their side? Did they try to negotiate with us?"
"About your last question, as I know, didn't," answered our foreman. "About anything else, I know as much as you. Last night some refugees came from Ishim. After our security service asks their questions, they can be sent here to work. Then maybe we'll find out more. Now grab your spades and go to dig. The men above have long been waiting for you to start."

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Aliakbar Majidi's picture
I learn : French (Beginner) Persian (Expert) Spanish (Beginner)
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Good job, Oleks. Keep it up!

While Ilak kept (was keeping) a sullen silence, Ghom stuck to kept asking our foreman with questions: "Do you know anything about the Scarlet Kingdom? How do they behave in the settlements now that they have switched to their side? Did they try to negotiate with us?"

"About your last question, as far as I know, they didn't," answered our foreman. "About anything all else, I know as much as you do. Last night, [comma needed] some refugees came from Ishim. After our security service asks their has questioned them questions, they can be sent here to work. Then, [comma needed] maybe we'll find out more. Now grab your spades and go to dig. The men above over there have long been waiting for you to start."

Good luck!

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Hi Ali! Thank you! Seeing my mistakes, I improve myself.

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While Ilak kept a sullen silence, Ghom stuck to our foreman with questions: "Do you know anything about the Scarlet Kingdom? How they behave in the settlements that have switched to their side? Did they try to negotiate with us?"

"About In regards to/as far as your last question, as I know understand now, they haven't," answered our foreman. "As far as anything else, I know as much as you. Last night some refugees came from Ishim. After our security service asks their questions, they can be sent here to work. Then maybe we'll find out more. Now grab your spades and go to dig. The men above have long been waiting a long time for you to start."

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Hi Kealin! Thank you! I'll try to remember your corrections.

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Ros Watson's picture
I learn : Italian (Beginner) French (Beginner)
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While Ilak kept a sullen silence, Ghom stuck to our foreman with  continued to ask our foreman questions: "Do you know anything about the Scarlet Kingdom? How do they behave in the settlements that have switched to their side? Did they try to negotiate with us?"

"About your last question, as I know, that they didn't," answered our foreman. "About anything else, I know as much as you. Last night some refugees came from Ishim. After our security service asks their  has asked them questions, they can be sent here to work. Then maybe we'll find out more. Now grab your spades and go to and dig. The men above have long been waiting a long time for you to start."

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Hi Ros! Thank you! I am getting better thanks to you and your friends at Lingora.

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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 hope the refugees will be welcomed into the settlement. They will have to be prepared to work hard though!

This was another excellent extract. I just have the following point to add

  • Last night some refugees came from Ishim. - Last night some refugees arrived from Ishim. (A very minor point but (in this context) we tend to use the verb "arrive" when referring to the end of a journey. The refugees have come to the end of their journey - they have safely arrived. Both are correct though and it is certainly not wrong to say "last night some refugees came from Ishim.)
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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Also, going back to one of my previous comments, instead of saying " and go to dig" I would change this to "get digging"!

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I learn : English (Beginner)
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I understood and I will try to remember this.

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Oleks :
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Hi Ed! Thank you! I thought the arrived was a bit like coming by train or bus. Now I realized that it was a fallacy.

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