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    narrow strips of uncared-for

    Hello! Could you please explain me the red lined part? Thanks.



    There were stories that it had once been more attractive, but that had been so long ago that no one remembered the time. It stood back in its gloomy, narrow strips of uncared-for, smoky gardens, whose broken iron railings were supposed to protect it from the surging traffic of a road which was always roaring with the rattle of busses, cabs, drays, and vans, and the passing of people who were shabbily dressed and looked as if they were either going to hard work or coming from it, or hurrying to see if they could find some of it to do to keep themselves from going hungry. The brick fronts of the houses were blackened with smoke,

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    Re: narrow strips of uncared-for

    There were gardens (what Americans call "back yards"). The gardens were narrow strips of land. The gardens were not cared for (maintained, planted, mowed, etc.).

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    Re: narrow strips of uncared-for

    Thanks, but the gardens are in front of the house or back?

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    Re: narrow strips of uncared-for

    I can't tell from that passage. I don't even know what "it" is.

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    Re: narrow strips of uncared-for

    Quote Originally Posted by candycan View Post
    Thanks, but the gardens are in front of the house or back?
    Probably in front of the house. The "broken iron railings were supposed to protect it from the surging traffic of a road..."

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