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    close-knit community

    "And living in the country and being a part of a close-knit community is definitely something they wouldn't swap with their city cousins."

    Would you explain how a close-knit community can be?

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/swap

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    Re: close-knit community

    Have you looked it up in the dictionary you linked to?
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    Re: close-knit community

    I think you meant to ask "Would you explain how a close-knit community can be swapped with something?" If so, you've misunderstood the sentence. It says that those of us who live out of town enjoy both living in the country and being part of a close-knit community; we wouldn't swap these two pleasant things with our cousins who live in cities.
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    Re: close-knit community

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I think you meant to ask "Would you explain how a close-knit community can be swapped with something?" If so, you've misunderstood the sentence. It says that those of us who live out of town enjoy both living in the country and being part of a close-knit community; we wouldn't swap these two pleasant things with our cousins who live in cities.
    Actually I was asking the aspects of such communities? For example are people as close to each other as brothers and sisters so the community is full of peace?

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    Re: close-knit community

    I guess you have never heard of "sibling rivalry".

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    Re: close-knit community

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Actually I was asking the aspects of such communities? For example are people as close to each other as brothers and sisters so the community is full of peace?
    Where did you find the quotation?

    It's really not possible to generalize. Some people who live in the country probably feel they're part of a close-knit community; others probably feel terribly isolated. I live on a country road with ten houses on it in a distance of about 1.25 km, plus a compound of another three or four houses down a gravel lane at the end. I'm reasonably friendly with the people in six of the houses and nod at any of the others. I know the guy who lives across the highway behind my house a little, too, though I wouldn't even recognise his wife or daughter.

    For all I know, some of my neighbors might despise me if they knew my political inclinations or even, possibly, my ethnic background. I might feel the same about some of them (though certainly not for their ethnicity). We all came out to offer help when another neighbor, whom I'd never met, suffered a serious house fire.
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    Re: close-knit community

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    I guess you have never heard of "sibling rivalry".
    No, I witnessed it in my friends' house and in their family. But I am not questioning it here, the question is about close-knit community. Sibling rivalry is normal between small brothers or sisters. Community implies adults.

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    Re: close-knit community

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Where did you find the quotation?

    It's really not possible to generalize. Some people who live in the country probably feel they're part of a close-knit community; others probably feel terribly isolated. I live on a country road with ten houses on it in a distance of about 1.25 km, plus a compound of another three or four houses down a gravel lane at the end. I'm reasonably friendly with the people in six of the houses and nod at any of the others. I know the guy who lives across the highway behind my house a little, too, though I wouldn't even recognise his wife or daughter.

    For all I know, some of my neighbors might despise me if they knew my political inclinations or even, possibly, my ethnic background. I might feel the same about some of them (though certainly not for their ethnicity). We all came out to offer help when another neighbor, whom I'd never met, suffered a serious house fire.
    It seems I am asking the question in a wrong way. I do not ask whether communities in towns close-knit ones, I ask features of close-knit communities. Do people always like and help each other in a close-knit community?

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    Re: close-knit community

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    It seems I am asking the question in a wrong way. I'm do not asking whether communities in towns are close-knit ones. I'm asking about the features of close-knit communities. Do people always like and help each other in a close-knit community?
    I understand now. I think a close-knit community is similar to an extended family of cousins, aunts and uncles, etc. Some like each other a lot; others may not like each other that much, but they try to get along regardless.
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    Re: close-knit community

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    No, I witnessed it in my friends' house and in their family. But I am not questioning it here, the question is about close-knit community. Sibling rivalry is normal between small brothers or sisters. Community implies adults.

    Thank you.
    Maybe it's not common in your country but in the US sibling rivalry sadly goes far beyond children's age. People in a close-knit communities do try to support each other. There is no doubt about that. But just like people anywhere else, support goes both ways and "adults" don't always act their age causing brickering and other issues.

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