close-knit community

hhtt21

Key Member
Joined
Jun 12, 2016
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Turkish
Home Country
Turkey
Current Location
Turkey
"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

Thank you.
 

GoesStation

No Longer With Us
Joined
Dec 22, 2015
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
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.
 

hhtt21

Key Member
Joined
Jun 12, 2016
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Turkish
Home Country
Turkey
Current Location
Turkey
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?

Thank you.
 

andrewg927

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 9, 2017
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
I guess you have never heard of "sibling rivalry".
 

GoesStation

No Longer With Us
Joined
Dec 22, 2015
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
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.
 

hhtt21

Key Member
Joined
Jun 12, 2016
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Turkish
Home Country
Turkey
Current Location
Turkey
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.

Thank you.
 

hhtt21

Key Member
Joined
Jun 12, 2016
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Turkish
Home Country
Turkey
Current Location
Turkey
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?

Thank you.
 

GoesStation

No Longer With Us
Joined
Dec 22, 2015
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
It seems I am asking the question in a wrong way. I'm [strike]do[/strike] 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.
 

andrewg927

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 9, 2017
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
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.
 

Tdol

Editor, UsingEnglish.com
Staff member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Member Type
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
Japan
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?

Yes, they do things like help, have community activities, speak to each other, unlike the anonymity found in some cities, where neighbours may barely know each other.
 
Top