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    three ambiguous term

    Hi!
    These three sentences are from a book written nearly 420 years ago in Spanish, translated 110 years ago into English. I have problems with the bold words.

    1- Wherein (the ship) was Don Juan de Velasco, three hundred men, forty great guns, and four hundred thousand assayed pieces, of thirteen reals each, who had parted company in a storm on September 2ist.




    2- Karbala (a city in Iraq) is an open town of more than four thousand houses, many of them well designed in the country fashion, but all of poor construction.




    3- On Sunday, the 23rd, after sunrise, we left this place; marching north-westwards over varying country, until we descended into the channel of a great dry watercourse. All its bottom, as far as we could see, was of living rock, white and hard as marble, and smooth as if paved by hand.
    thanks very much

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    Re: three ambiguous term

    Quote Originally Posted by pars View Post
    Hi!
    These three sentences are from a book written nearly 420 years ago in Spanish, translated 110 years ago into English. I have problems with the bold words.

    1- Wherein (the ship) was Don Juan de Velasco, three hundred men, forty great guns, and four hundred thousand assayed pieces, of thirteen reals each, who had parted company in a storm on September 2ist.
    Something is missing from this sentence. A real was a unit of currency.

    Quote Originally Posted by pars View Post
    2- Karbala (a city in Iraq) is an open town of more than four thousand houses, many of them well designed in the country fashion, but all of poor construction.
    I would guess that means Karbala was not a walled town.

    Quote Originally Posted by pars View Post
    3- On Sunday, the 23rd, after sunrise, we left this place; marching north-westwards over varying country, until we descended into the channel of a great dry watercourse. All its bottom, as far as we could see, was of living rock, white and hard as marble, and smooth as if paved by hand.
    thanks very much
    Rock which has not been quarried, which is still attached to the earth where it formed, is living rock.
    I am not a teacher.

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