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One story tells of Milo holding up a collapsing roof while the people inside ran to safety.

One story tells about Milo holding a collapsing roof while the people inside ran to the safe places.

Hi,

Does the second in the above sound as good as the first? Thanks.
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No, afraid not.

Stories tell of not tell about (people might tell you about something).

He wasn't just holding the roof, he was holding it up.

the safe places is just a complication and doesn't sound as good. Which safe places? It sounds as though there were special allocated safe places - safety is wider and here can be interpreted as 'out of the building'.
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nona the brit
Stories tell of not tell about (people might tell you about something).

the safe places is just a complication and doesn't sound as good. Which safe places? It sounds as though there were special allocated safe places - safety is wider and here can be interpreted as 'out of the building'.

Thanks, Nona.

But I still have two questions about your posts.

First, what does "tell of" refer to exactly?

Second, couldn't "the safe places" mean generally "out of the building" to you? It does to us.