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    Unhappy californians tale

    "They went away when the surface diggings gave out.What does "Gave out" means in this sentence?It, ceased or distributed?

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    Default Re: californians tale

    Stopped being productive, i believe. I'm not sure what "surface diggings" are. But it sounds like a mine or something similar, so whatever they were looking for there was not found any longer.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: californians tale

    Quote Originally Posted by musitwain View Post
    "They went away when the surface diggings gave out.What does "Gave out" means in this sentence?It, ceased or distributed?
    What is the context? Are you referring to the California Gold Rush?

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    Quote Originally Posted by musitwain View Post
    "They went away when the surface diggings gave out.What does "Gave out" means in this sentence?It, ceased or distributed?
    When the (gold, silver, or whatever) was no longer found on the surface (it was no longer easy to find - or, it gave out), they left. This happened quite often in the gold producing areas of California in the 19th Century. When the original miners left, companies with more sophisticated tools and techniques would come in and find the minerals that were below the surface.

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    Default Re: californians tale

    Thank you a lot.I have got it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    When the (gold, silver, or whatever) was no longer found on the surface (it was no longer easy to find - or, it gave out), they left. This happened quite often in the gold producing areas of California in the 19th Century. When the original miners left, companies with more sophisticated tools and techniques would come in and find the minerals that were below the surface.

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    Default Re: californians tale

    It is a short story by mark twain "californians tale".
    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    What is the context? Are you referring to the California Gold Rush?

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