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    Re: a text (focus on articles)

    Quote Originally Posted by joeoct View Post
    Thanks billmcd.

    One question - In the sentence where telephone lines are mentioned, I was a bit confused. They clearly didn't have telephone lines when the tsunami came, but they still don't have them. That's why I used the Present Simple Tense.
    In the last sentence, I wanted to point out what the present state is like, and how it can be in the future.
    In the context you presented either simple present or past would be OK and if you meant to indicate that the situation still exists simple present would be OK, BUT if so, you should have said "the majority of villages.......don't have....". "Majority" is a term that can be treated as singular or plural depending on context. In your example, because it refers to a plural noun and the noun is specifically referenced, i.e. "villages" a plural form would work better.

    In your last sentence either way is OK depending, as you say, what you want to express. I assumed you wanted to refer to the past situation.

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    Re: a text (focus on articles)

    Quote Originally Posted by joeoct View Post
    Thanks again. Here is another text, a very interesting one IMO.

    God exists

    A man went to a barbershop to take get (AmE) a haircut, and to cut his beard, as usual.
    He started talking to the barber. They talked about everything. Suddenly, they mentioned God. The barber said: "Man, I don't believe in God's existence.""Why did you say that?" - the man asked him.
    "That's so simplysimple - all you need to do is to go out on the street and realize that God does not exist. If there is God, why there're (no contraction with 'there are') are there so many ill people? Why there are waifs all around? If God exists, suffering and pain do not. I can't imagine God allowing these things." Thinking, the man became silent for a while because he didn't want to answer with no arguments.

    The barber did his job, and the man went out (OR 'left'). Not long after exiting the barbershop, he spotted a man walking in the street with long hair and untidy beard. Actually, all his appearance was untidy. Then, the man entered the barbershop again and told the barber: "There are not barbers - they don't exist." "How (OR 'why') do you think so?" - the barber asked. "No", the man shouted, "they don't exist. Because if they exist, there aren't untidy people, as (OR 'like) the one walking beside (OR 'outside') your barbershop.""No, barbers do exist, but people don't want to come to them barbers.""Yes, true." - the man confirmed. ""In the same way, God exists, but people don't want to come to him!"

    Please correct any mistakes (including possible misspellings) and tell me how do you like the text, the writting style etc.

    P.S. Atheists should disregard the point of the text.
    Nice story. See my suggestions.

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    Re: a text (focus on articles)

    Billmcd, thank you very much.

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