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    Dear teachers,

    I have difficulty understand the following. The context is about drug and alcohol. The father of a a university student died drunken driving. And now he is a volunteer educating young people to be free of drugs and alcohol. she went to the library to find what she could do on alcohol and drug abuse and then called area schools. The following is what she said:

    It's hard to think of a faceless strager out there you may kill," she tells her audiences. "so think about thepeople you are hurting now---like the family who will miss you forever if you die".

    Does it mean: if you drink too much and drive your car you might run over a stranger or injure him/her. If you use drugs and sell drugs to people you are hurting them or causing them to die?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    It's hard to think of a faceless stranger out there you may kill," she tells her audiences. "So think about the people you are hurting now--like the family who will miss you forever if you die".
    The author is saying that you need to be more responsible--think of others, not yourself. If you drink and drive, you could kill someone, even yourself, and the families, yours and theirs, will have to deal with the pain of it all. Think of them next time you decide to abuse drugs and alcohol.

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    Hi,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I understand "kill" refers to "drunken drive" has caused. It has nothing to do with "drug".

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    The author is saying that you need to be more responsible--think of others, not yourself. If you drink and drive, you could kill someone, even yourself, and the families, yours and theirs, will have to deal with the pain of it all. Think of them next time you decide to abuse drugs and alcohol.

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    Re: comprehension

    What I infer from the text is that, driving drunk:

    1. You could kill someone.
    2. That 'someone' may be a stranger, a faceless man/woman.

    From #1 and #2, it's hard to take awareness of what the consequences should be when speaking of:
    a) a remote possibility (a stranger you may kill)
    b) an anonymous person who couldget hurt (a faceless stranger out there).

    So, she invites them to think of a real situation with real people instead:

    "so think about the people you are hurting now---like the family who will miss you forever if you die"

    That's my approach, but I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: comprehension

    Dear Kraken,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang


    Quote Originally Posted by Kraken View Post
    What I infer from the text is that, driving drunk:

    1. You could kill someone.
    2. That 'someone' may be a stranger, a faceless man/woman.

    From #1 and #2, it's hard to take awareness of what the consequences should be when speaking of:
    a) a remote possibility (a stranger you may kill)
    b) an anonymous person who couldget hurt (a faceless stranger out there).

    So, she invites them to think of a real situation with real people instead:

    "so think about the people you are hurting now---like the family who will miss you forever if you die"

    That's my approach, but I'm not a teacher.

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