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    What does 'our houses', 'ours' and 'many' indicate in the context

    - The text below is part of a novel.
    - The speaker, a boy, lives in Nazareth and describes his town in the second paragraph below.
    - According to google search, Nazareth was a hamlet of around 50 houses during the period of Jesus which happens to be the setting of the novel.


    Please check whether I guessed right or not.
    Our houses = Nazareth villagers' houses
    ours = our houses = Nazareth villagers' houses
    many = many (Hebraic) houses except Nazareth


    Isn't it possible to think as follows?
    Our houses = Nazareth villagers' houses
    ours = my family's house (the speaker's house)
    many = many houses of Nazareth except our family's

    Which of the above is right?

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    I grew up under Roman rule, although I didn't see many Romans until I was ten. The Romans mostly stayed in the fortress city of Sepphoris, an hour's walk north of Nazareth. That's where Joshua and I saw a Roman soldier murdered, but I'm getting ahead of myself. For now, assume that the soldier is safe and sound and happy wearing a broom on his head.

    Most of the people of Nazareth were farmers, growing grapes and olives on the rocky hills outside of town and barley and wheat in the valleys below. There were also herders of goats and sheep whose families lived in town while the men and older boys tended the flocks in the highlands. Our houses were all made of stone, and ours had a stone floor, although many had floors of hard-packed dirt.

    (source : http://www.readbestbooks.net/read/La...Pal/index.html)

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    #2

    Re: What does 'our houses', 'ours' and 'many' indicate in the context

    I am not a teacher.

    The second lot is right.

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    Re: What does 'our houses', 'ours' and 'many' indicate in the context

    Thanks Roman55 for your reply.
    And thanks to Barb_D for corroborating it.

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