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    #1

    How should I understand this paragragh?

    he registered his home giving up the occasional tick or
    moan—the heat going on and off, one of his children turning over somewhere
    behind him in the back of the unit, wood creaking as the ground
    shifted a millimeter along one of the city’s fault lines.
    I don't think I can quite understand the meaning of the first part of the paragraphy.what does
    he registered his home giving up the occasional tick or
    moan
    mean.Can anyone paraphrase it in simply English please? And
    turning over somewhere
    behind him in the back of the unit
    .what does "unit" probably mean here? Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: How should I understand this paragragh?

    It's about the noises you hear at night. Houses make little noises you don't notice as much during the day when you're busy.

    Unit just means house. It is probably attached to other houses to call it a unit.
    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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    #3

    Re: How should I understand this paragragh?

    he registered his home giving up the occasional tick or
    moan—the heat going on and off, one of his children turning over somewhere
    behind him in the back of the unit, wood creaking as the ground
    shifted a millimeter along one of the city’s fault lines.
    I have trouble understanding the bold parts. Does it mean that he heard those sound and despite all those distracting sound he still heard the wood creaking?

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    Re: How should I understand this paragragh?

    As Barb explained, it means 'he heard his home making little noises'.

    Welcome to the forums, speakeasy. Please note the correct spelling of paragraph.

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