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    english comprehension

    Hi!
    what is the exact meaning of the following sentences?
    "They shot through one side of the mainmast with a ball of cast-iron, of which all were made with which they fired at our ship.
    it is about a naval fight among Holladers and the portuguese."

    I have some questions of this kind. can I ask them hear? I dont want to violate your ruls, or bother you.

    thanks very much.

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    Re: english comprehension

    Hi pars,

    Welcome to the forum!

    Essentially it says that, "They shot through one side [either the left, or right, side] of the main mast [of the ship http://tinyurl.com/py7956s ] with a cannonball made of cast iron, and that all the cannonballs they fired were made of cast iron."

    The reason he is stressing the fact that they were made of cast iron is because, at the start of the 1600s that was the best and most accurate cannonball. Before that time various materials were used for cannonballs, mainly stone, I think.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Round_shot

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    Re: english comprehension

    Quote Originally Posted by pars View Post
    Hi.
    What is the exact meaning of the following sentences sentence?

    "They shot through one side of the mainmast with a ball of cast-iron, of which all were made with which they fired at our ship."

    It is about a naval fight among between the Holladers Dutch and the Portuguese.

    I have some more/other questions of this kind. Can I ask them hear here? I dont want to violate your rules, or bother you.

    Thanks very much.
    Eckaslike has explained the meaning. However, please now look at the corrections I have made above, in red. It's important to start every sentence with a capital letter.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: english comprehension

    Quote Originally Posted by pars View Post

    with a ball of cast-iron, of which all were made with which they fired at our ship
    That reads very unnaturally to me. The second 'with' should go for a start.

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