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    Smile last of their kind

    Dear all,
    I read a sentence in NYtimes:

    "He and the other arrivals, tugging at the unfamiliar camouflage uniforms issued to them barely an hour before, taking their first tentative steps in their high-shine black boots, will be the last of their kind. "

    What is the meaning of "will be the last of their kind"?

    And, please help me correct the errors I made in this thread.
    Thank you ^^


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    Re: last of their kind

    Quote Originally Posted by tanencas View Post
    Dear all,
    I read a sentence in NYtimes:

    "He and the other arrivals, tugging at the unfamiliar camouflage uniforms issued to them barely an hour before, taking their first tentative steps in their high-shine black boots, will be the last of their kind. "

    What is the meaning of "will be the last of their kind"?

    And, please help me correct the errors I made in this thread.
    Thank you ^^
    Hi Tanencas,



    It seems to me that the article is about military recruits, and "will be the last of their kind" refers to the conditions that apply to these recruits mentioned somewhere before in the article. Without seeing more context it's impossible for me to give you more details.

    Here is another example to help clarify:

    Frank loves his old typewriter. He says "I'll never buy a computer, because they are ugly and I'm too old to learn how to use one". There are very few people like Frank nowadays. Almost everyone in the world types on a computer. Frank is the last of his kind.


    I hope that helps.

    Matthew Balson
    author of The Secret Lives of English Verbs





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    #3

    Re: last of their kind

    Thank you so such ! Now I see. ^^

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    Re: last of their kind

    Tanencas, why will they be the last of their kind?




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    Re: last of their kind

    Hi, Ronbee,
    Here is the original source of the sentence

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/12/wo...tml?ref=europe

    I think "will be the last of their kind" means that these recruits are the last ones for compulsory military service in Poland. ^^
    Last edited by RonBee; 14-Dec-2008 at 14:26. Reason: fix link

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