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    so many people

    Eastern Woodland Cultures
    In the northeast region along the Atlantic coast, the Indians did not practice intensive agriculture...The women cultivated maize, or corn, and other crops while the men hunted and fished. During the winter, difficulties associated with feeding so many people forced the communities to disperse. Each family lived off the land as best it could.

    1. What is the difference between "maize" and "corn"? Does the definition of "corn" differ depending on countries?
    2. It's so weird that there is no comma between "feeding" and "so". Did the writer make a mistake? The whole sentence doesn't make sense.

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    Re: so many people

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    Yes, there are regional differences in the use of the terms "corn" and "maize".
    See under "Names": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maize

    During the winter, difficulties associated with feeding so many people forced the communities to disperse.

    There is no comma required.
    Here, "so" is an intensifier: "difficulties associated with feeding so many people" = "difficulties associated with feeding such a large number of people".

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    Re: so many people

    The women cultivated maize, or corn,

    Thanks a lot for your kind explanation ever. Do you think "or" is used like "maize (otherwise known as) corn"? or just either maize or corn?

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    I feel that the intended meaning is: "The women cultivated maize, also widely known as corn, and other crops…etc".
    Considering the history of the crop in the Americas, and the fact that "corn" refers to a variety of types of cereal crop in much of the rest of the world, I think the writer is making the point that "maize" is what is often called "corn" in the US (originally "Indian corn").

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    Re: so many people



    This is corn in the US. We are now in the height of sweet corn season, where you buy freshly picked corn, steam or boil it, slather it with butter, and eat it right off of the ear.

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    Re: so many people

    Yummy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Yummy.
    Indeed.

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