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    A dated text?

    This text was written quite a time ago, so it may be dated now. (the source, e.g. https://linguana.com.ua/mij-slovnyk/...gramatyku.html ) Can you please recomment a few changes in the vocabulary so that it could be used to teach modern British English or just neutral standard English? I have used bold type to show the words that seem dated to me.
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    I am Betty Smith. My full name is Elizabeth Louise Smith. I am twenty-two. I am a college graduate. I am a writer, just a beginner, you know. I have a lot of friends. Most of them are my former school-mates. My best companions are two girl-friends. They are very kind, jolly and well-bred.

    My brother-in-law, Henry Sandford, is married to my elder sister Helen. I am a member of her family. My brother-in-law is a doctor. He has a mother, but he has no father. My sister is a house-wife. They have only one child, Benny. Benny is my nephew, he is four. Sometimes he is naughty. He is fond of birds and animals. We have white mice, a hedgehog and a parrot in the house. Now Benny is eager to have a rabbit. But his mother is against it. We have no peace because of all Benny’s animals and birds.
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    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: A dated text?

    They are very kind, fun-loving and well-mannered.

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    Re: A dated text?

    Thank you so much for the improvement. And what about the word companions? Is it used in modern English with this meaning? Do younger people use it, too? We have a similar word in my language and normally we use it for business companions or elderly ladies might use it when talking about spending time with their companions (also elderly ladies).
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: A dated text?

    It is a common word used among people of all ages and animals as well. Companionship is another common word you might hear.

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    Re: A dated text?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    And what about the word companions? Is it used in modern English with this meaning? Do younger people use it, too? (also elderly ladies).
    No, it isn't, and no, they don't.

    Most people of all ages say 'friends'. [link]

    Young people have their own patois, and over time have used words like chums, pals, buddies, mates, homies etc.

    Members who interact with teenagers will tell us what the latest buzzword is.
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    Re: A dated text?

    What about the whole text? Does it sound very old-fashioned? I don't need to teach my students 'buzzwords' or slang. If I need to teach just neutral standard English, is this text suitable for this purpose?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: A dated text?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    We have a similar word in my language and normally we use it for business companions or elderly ladies might use it when talking about spending time with their companions (also elderly ladies).
    Companion was used as a position for people employed to be friendly with people. It is very rarely used in that sense nowadays, but the word is still in use in other contexts. I would guess that it is less used by younger speakers, but I would guess that acquaintance was less used too..

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    Re: A dated text?

    "Benny is my nephew, he is four."

    Change the comma to a semicolon for modern usage.

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    Re: A dated text?

    Oh, I missed that. Companion meaning friend is less used these days but the word itself is still common. I still hear it from people of all ages, young and old.

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