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    Likable and easygoing were also in demand—in other words the kind of man who isn’t easily thrown.

    I cannot get this sentence. Can anybody help me out?

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    #2

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    We'd find it a lot easier to help you if you gave us the two or three sentences before the one you gave us.

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    "A sense of humor was one of the most common requirements, presumably because it was believed to be the best defense against disillusion. Got a sense of humor? I’m dumb, fat, and sloppy, hope you got the hots! Likable and easygoing were also in demand—in other words the kind of man who isn’t easily thrown. WILL I FIND YOU? Single mom with small boy seeking kind, easygoing man who puts family first."

    Case Closed, Patrik Ourednik

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    #4

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    They were in demand as character traits.

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    #5

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    Lots of the personal ads the character read were from people seeking a likable, easygoing man, the kind of man who can manage any kind of circumstances.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

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    ""The kind of man who isn't easily thrown" probably refers to somebody who is not gullible. It's somebody who is skeptical. It's somebody who doesn't believe everything he hears.

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    #7

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    Note that in BrE the correct spelling is "likeable".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

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    ... and 'sceptical'.

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    #9

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Note that in BrE the correct spelling is "likeable".
    In AmE too. (But I think both are used.)

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    #10

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    I must disagree on the "gullible" comment.

    It means he will not be "thrown for a loop" or "thrown off his stride" because he is easy-going and can roll with the punches (to continue the use of expressions) when things go wrong.

    There is a tone of snarkiness in the sentences you quoted. The writer does not have much respect for women or perhaps personal ads in general.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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