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    Unhappy Problem to understand sentences logical meaning

    Hi please help me, im in elementary level i started to learn english by reading articles. i read the economist article yesterday but its really hard to understand even if i know every word meaning. here it is : "BARACK OBAMA is belatedly heeding his military advisers amid deteriorating security in Afghanistan. This was recently dramatised by the shocking, if short-lived, fall of Kunduz to the Taliban—the first major city they had taken since they were toppled by an American invasion in 2001" I did not understand what dramatised - beletadly heeding ? or deteriorating security ? and i cant understand relationship between military advisers amid deterorating security? - what does it mean? it mean that detarorating security is in military advisers ? and it unswerd my firs question about dramatising ? please help me to understand how to read sentenses like this, i even cant understand "This was recently - "THIS" is for belatedly heeding or for deteriorating secure ? Hope someone will explain me. BTW is it good idea to learn english by reading articles ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elementary1 View Post
    Hi. Please help me. I'm in elementary level. I started to learn English by reading articles. I read an article in The Economist article yesterday but it's really hard to understand even if though I know every word's meaning.

    Here it is : "BARACK OBAMA is belatedly heeding his military advisers amid deteriorating security in Afghanistan. This was recently dramatised by the shocking, if short-lived, fall of Kunduz to the Taliban—the first major city they had taken since they were toppled by an American invasion in 2001."

    I did not understand what "dramatised", "beletadly heeding" or "deteriorating security" mean and I can't understand the relationship between military advisers amid deteriorating security. What does it mean? Does it mean that deteriorating security is in military advisers? and it unswerd my firs question about dramatising ?(I cannot understand this sentence at all.)

    Please help me to understand how to read sentences like this. Ieven can't even understand "This was recently". Does"THIS" is for refer to "belatedly heeding" or for "deteriorating security"? I hope someone will explain it to me. BTW By the way, is it a good idea to learn English by reading articles?
    Welcome to the forum.

    First please note my corrections to your post, marked in red. It is important to follow these rules of written English:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with a single, appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Always capitalise the word "I".
    - Capitalise all proper nouns (English, Italy, Microsoft, Shakespeare etc.)
    - Do not put a space before a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Always put a space after a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.


    The main gist of the piece is that Barack Obama is listening to the advice of his military advisers, although the writer thinks that he has started listening to this advice later than he should (he should have started listening to them earlier). "Amid deteriorating security" means "at the same time that security is deteriorating in Afghanistan.

    "This" refers to Obama's belatedly heeding the advice.

    Reading articles is a good way to practise your comprehension. It should also help you to learn how English sentences are constructed - grammar, capitalisation, spacing and punctuation (as long as you read well-written articles).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Problem to understand sentences logical meaning

    Wow, Great explanation, now i understand, but there is still one confusing "This was recently dramatised by the shocking, if short-lived, fall of Kunduz to the Taliban" - is "if short-lived splitting this sentence ? - "his was recently dramatised by the shocking fall of Kunduz to the Taliban" - cant understanting what "If short-lived" means.
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    Re: Problem to understand sentences logical meaning

    Before I attempt to answer your question, please go back to post #2 and look at the corrections I made and to the list of rules I gave you for written English. In post #3, you failed to capitalise "I" and you omitted an apostrophe. Try to write your post again, correctly, for us.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Problem to understand sentences logical meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Elementary1 View Post
    Wow, Great explanation, now i understand, but there is still one confusing "This was recently dramatised by the shocking, if short-lived, fall of Kunduz to the Taliban" - is "if short-lived splitting this sentence ? - "his was recently dramatised by the shocking fall of Kunduz to the Taliban" - cant understanting what "If short-lived" means.
    Sorry teacher, i think it will be correct :D

    Wow, Great explanation, now I understand, but there is still one confusing "This was recently dramatised by the shoking, if short-lived, fall of Kunduz to the Taliban." - Is " If short-lived splitting this sentence ? - " This was recently dramatised by the shoking fall of Kunduz to the Taliban." - can't understanding what "If short-lived" means.

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    Sorry teacher. I think it will be correct.
    You are still making the same mistakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You are still making the same mistakes.
    Sorry but im here couse i dont know english, If i had answers to my question i woud not posted here :) When to post I is also my qestion but in this thread i need answer to my other question and i have waited it since yesterday.

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    Re: Problem to understand sentences logical meaning

    Until you make a better attempt to follow the rules of written English which ems gave you in post #2, you can expect no further help from the members of this forum.

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    Re: Problem to understand sentences logical meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Until you make a better attempt to follow the rules of written English which ems gave you in post #2, you can expect no further help from the members of this forum.
    Well, It will make this forum uselles :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elementary1 View Post
    Well, It will make this forum uselles :)
    No. The word is 'useless'.

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