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    Most often he only reluctantly agreed to speak about "

    Hello, I am reading a biography and I don't understand a sentence
    The sentence: most often in interviews Julian Tuwim only reluctantly agreed to speak about his Jewishness.

    Can you write me this in another words? Did he agree to speak or not? the word "only" creates for me a problem in understanding.
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    Re: Most often he only reluctantly agreed to speak about "

    When interviewed, he agreed to speak about his Jewishness but usually he did so reluctantly.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #3

    Re: Most often he only reluctantly agreed to speak about "

    Yes, he agreed, but only reluctantly. I'd place the adverb phrase after the verb

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    Re: Most often he only reluctantly agreed to speak about "

    Someone please can write me this(Line is highlighted) ?
    The Polish communist Boleslaw Gebert invited Julian Tuwim to a celebration in Detroit on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Polonia Association there. In Detroit Tuwim spoke of how moved he was to have forged a new union with the working class. "I am a child from Lodz, from the great factory city of Lodz.. and so in fact I was formed and I grew up in the atmosphere of the Polish proletariat".


    What is the meaning of the line - In Detroit he spoke of how moved he was to have forged a new union with the working class ?

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    Re: Most often he only reluctantly agreed to speak about "

    Can someone write me it in another words? its a very important sentence for me.

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    Re: Most often he only reluctantly agreed to speak about "

    While he was in Detroit he said that he was very moved by his renewed contact with the working class.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: Most often he only reluctantly agreed to speak about "

    Just want to understand something in English, forged by the dictionary of Cambridge is to create something.

    Union - has the meaning of organization.

    How did you understand that he didn't want to "build an organization" with the working class?
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    Re: Most often he only reluctantly agreed to speak about "

    "To forge a union with" means "to create a friendship or working relationship with".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Most often he only reluctantly agreed to speak about "

    I am not a native speaker. Is this sentence combined together? is this sentence stitched together?
    Can I find this sentence in a dictionary?

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    Re: Most often he only reluctantly agreed to speak about "

    Ngram result for "forge a union" is HERE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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