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    Question farm job

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    You use for with `every' when you are stating a ratio, to introduce one of the things in the ratio.
    For every farm job that is lost, two or three other jobs in the area are put at risk...
    (Collins)

    1)Does "farm job that is lost" mean "a job a person was dismissed from" or "a type of job that ceased to exist" ?
    2)does "the area" mean here:
    "a region or part of a town, a country, or the world"
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    farming industry on the whole

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    Default Re: farm job

    The job no longer is needed (e.g., the farm is sold and the land used for other things). I assume it means "the region."

    Another way of saying this is that each agriculture job leads to two or three other jobs in the same region. Eliminating agriculture jobs has a "domino effect" on other regional jobs.
    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: farm job

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktor Sorokin View Post
    FOR
    You use for with `every' when you are stating a ratio, to introduce one of the things in the ratio.
    For every farm job that is lost, two or three other jobs in the area are put at risk...
    (Collins)

    1)Does "farm job that is lost" mean "a job a person was dismissed from" or "a type of job that ceased to exist" ?
    It could mean many things. Usually, in the US, farm jobs are lost because the farmer sold his land to a housing developer. The people who worked for the farmer lost their jobs. The type of job probably stills exists but not on this particular farm.

    2)does "the area" mean here:
    "a region or part of a town, a country, or the world" "in the area" refers to that area near the farm that went out of business (or the farmer decided to use the land for other purposes). If the farm workers no longer have a job they cannot afford to buy from local businesses. This means that the local businessess are at risk of going out of business due to a lower income.
    or
    farming industry on the whole

    An example of this is a number of potato farmers sold their land in South Dakota (Western US state). The people who had worked on the farm no longer had an income so they moved to find jobs. After a time the local stores had to close because there were so few customers. When the farmer quit farming, the taverns, the grocery stores and the newspaper also went out of business - the good side of this (if there is one) is that land is very inexpensive in that part of South Dakota now (and the fishing is good there also).

    Thank you
    Gil

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