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    The village belonged to another century.

    Is this correct and natural?

    The village belonged to another century. It was a catastrophic jumble of mud-brick houses separated by bumpy, intertwining alleys.

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    Re: The village belonged to another century.

    Yup.

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    Re: The village belonged to another century.

    What's so catastrophic about it? It sounds absolutely beautiful to me.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The village belonged to another century.

    Does it do B'n'B?

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    Re: The village belonged to another century.

    I don't get the use of "catastrophic" there either.
    Not a professional teacher

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    Re: The village belonged to another century.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    What's so catastrophic about it? It sounds absolutely beautiful to me.
    What if the person who lives there doesn't like the fact that the houses are so crammed inside the alleys and that there is a lot of noise and smell coming from the other houses and there is not much space?

    Would it be correct in that case?

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    Re: The village belonged to another century.

    It would, but those of us who live in big cities might still find it attractive.

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    Re: The village belonged to another century.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I don't get the use of "catastrophic" there either.
    Maybe she means "claustrophobic".
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: The village belonged to another century.

    Wouldn't that make more sense with a city than a village?

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    Re: The village belonged to another century.

    I apologize. I meant "claustrophobic". The browser's auto correct function must have changed it to catastrophic.

    Is this correct and natural now?

    The village belonged to another century. It was a claustrophobic jumble of mud-brick houses separated by bumpy, intertwining alleys.

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