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"Somehow, when I was in high school, the conditioning of society got to me and I went looking for a job—because that’s what everyone said I should do. For nearly ten years I worked for wages and was never satisfied with the money I made. It always bothered me when I saw the amount of taxes taken out of each pay- check. During those ten years I did buy and sell a few other things to make extra money once in a while.

For instance, after high school I took up golf. I can remember going to golf courses with a friend and wading in the shallow ponds for golf balls. We’d find a few hundred balls in only a couple of hours. I would sell them the next day to a used golf club shop. My friend and I would make $40 to $50 each for just two hours of work! That was big money for me, because my jobs only paid $5 an hour."

1. Does (after high school I took up golf) mean that he took up golf after he graduated from high school or druring his study in high school? Because, I think, this sentence could mean that after he went to school and came back home, he then went to his golf job.

2. Also, I would like to understand what he means by (took up golf). Did he joined a golf culb as a player or what?

I hope I made my point clear.

 

Thanks

 

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1. Does (after high school I took up golf) mean that he took up golf after he graduated from high school or druring his study in high school? Because, I think, this sentence could mean that after he went to school and came back home, he then went to his golf job.

Hi, Izzy—"After high school I took up golf" means that the speaker took up golf after graduating from high school. "After high school" is NOT another way of saying "after school when I was in high school"; it is not another way of talking about what one did each day after school let out when one was in high school.

2. Also, I would like to understand what he means by (took up golf). Did he joined a golf culb as a player or what?

"Took up golf" means "started playing golf," "got into the habit of playing golf," "learned to play golf and then played golf regularly."

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