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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 2003, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Read the following two paragraphs and I have a couple of questions about the meanings of some of the senteces.

This is not a comfortalbe story. But then there is no real way to find comfort for the loss of a child. It's about my cousin Keren Holtz. It's about her death and her legacy of life. I am telling it because we hear much about organ receipients than about the families of donors. And I am telling it for her parents, Jane and Gerry, who were given a chance of wrest some small piece of meaning out of the utterly meaningless death of their daughter.

In February 1997, Keren was out for an easy ride on her bike. It was sunny and she was in the bike lane when a drunk driver came careening down the road and hit her. Less than two days after Jane and Gerry received the call dreaded by every set of parents in the world, Keren was declared brain-dead. They found themselves listening to the staff from the organ bank asking - with gentleness and care - "Would you consider organ domation?"
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Q1. ... there is no reald way to find comfort for the loss of a child

Does this means the same as "it's impossible to find comfort for the loss of a child?
And, I'm not too sure of the way that this "for" is used. Can anyone enlighten me on how exaclty this "for" is used here?
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I am telling it because....
Can I say "I will tell it because.." meaning the same?
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I am telling it for her parents, Jane and Gerry, who were given a chance to ....
The comma after "Jane and Gerry" is used for what? If I remove it, does it affect the meaning of the sentence at all?
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.....received the call dreaded by every set of parents in the world

Does this equal "the call every set of parents in the world WOULD dread"?
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Is nybody generous enough to help me?
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It is possible to make it easier to bare.
Giving organs do,in a way,make the memory of your child go on.
And it makes it also,i think,easier to bare ,knowing people who have a child that will die ,if they don't find an organ,won't have to walk the same way!

L'important, c'est la rose...
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I am telling it because....
Can I say "I will tell it because.." meaning the same?
I don't have a lot of time right now, but I'll help you with a couple of your questions.

I would use "I am telling it because..." because it's more direct than the second option. It conveys that you are about to tell the story right now. "I will tell it..." refers to some indefinite point in the future.
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I am telling it for her parents, Jane and Gerry, who were given a chance to ....
The comma after "Jane and Gerry" is used for what? If I remove it, does it affect the meaning of the sentence at all?
You need the commas after "Jane and Gerry". Removing them doesn't affect the meaning of the sentence itself, but the commas signal the reader to pause at that part of the sentence. Without them, the sentence would be too jumbled together.

OK, I'm off to lunch now. If no one else has answered your other questions, I can when I get back.
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I am telling it because....
Can I say "I will tell it because.." meaning the same?
..."I am telling" is present tense..."I will tell" is future tense...they both mean the same thing...in the context of the story you could use either because the actual story is still in the future (the next paragraph) but the telling is happening now (the whole text)...

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I am telling it for her parents, Jane and Gerry, who were given a chance to ....
The comma after "Jane and Gerry" is used for what? If I remove it, does it affect the meaning of the sentence at all?
...the comma (the one before, not after, the names) is because the names are an addition to the sentence...it could just read, "I am telling it for her parents, who were given"...but the names have been inserted...

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.....received the call dreaded by every set of parents in the world

Does this equal "the call every set of parents in the world WOULD dread"?
...yes...parents would dread the call, so the call is dreaded...your suggestion sounds better to me though...
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another question
With gentlenss and care can be replaced by simply gently and carefully?
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With gentlenss and care can be replaced by simply gently and carefully?
Yes.
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