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    Calamities

    Dear teachers,
    Can we say that in English:

    Everything came all of a sudden so that people couldn't believe that so many calamities could have struck one and the same country at once.

    This sentence refers to the lost battles, burning cities etc.
    I'll be grateful for your kind help.

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    Re: Calamities

    Perhaps try shortening it a bit:

    Everything happened all of a sudden. People couldn't believe so many calamities could strike one country at once.


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    Re: Calamities

    I didn't think about shortening it, but now I see it really sounds better.
    Thank you:)

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    Re: Calamities

    As a matter of style, if you want to express urgency, use short sentences.

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