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Boat and Sword

soft 1 · April 19

Target Language - English

Once upon a time, a folk from the sate of Chu in China was taking a boat with other passengers.

When the boat was halfway through a river, he accidentally dropped his swords into a river.

Then he quickly made a mark on the edge of the boat, which bewildered other passengers.

"Why didn't you immediately go to retrieve your swords?" one of a passenger asked.

"Don't worry!I have made a mark so I know where it dropped. After the boat pull in to shore and I finish my business, I will take the same boat and retrieve my sword with the help of my mark," he said.

However, the fact is that the boat had gone a long way, but the sword wouldn't tag along the boat.

This is a famous Chinese fable, indicating that the situation is changeable all the time and we should not stick to the same methods.


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amoge 0 April 19, 2021
Boat and Sword
Once upon a time, a folk from the sate of Chu in China was taking a boat with other passengers.

Once upon a time, a folkman from the sate of Chu in China was taking a boat with other passengers.

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folk(s) is not often used in the singular; it is more common to see "folks from..." or "some folks from...".
When the boat was halfway through a river, he accidentally dropped his swords into a river.
Then he quickly made a mark on the edge of the boat, which bewildered other passengers.
"Why didn't you immediately go to retrieve your swords?"
one of a passenger asked.
"Don't worry!I have made a mark so I know where it dropped.
After the boat pull in to shore and I finish my business, I will take the same boat and retrieve my sword with the help of my mark," he said.

After the boat pulls in to shore and I finish my business, I will take the same boat and retrieve my sword with the help of my mark," he said.

However, the fact is that the boat had gone a long way, but the sword wouldn't tag along the boat.

However, the fact is that the boat had gone a long way, butand the sword wcouldn't tag along with the boat.

You could also say "However, the fact is that the boat had gone a long way, AND the sword didn't tag along with the boat." Using 'but' creates contrast, while 'and' shows a connection between an action and its consequence.
This is a famous Chinese fable, indicating that the situation is changeable all the time and we should not stick to the same methods.

This is a famous Chinese fable, indicating that the situation is are always changeable, allnd the time andat we should not stick to the same methods.

Overall feedback & comment:

Lovely story!
Comment added on 04/19/2021