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An incident of this time created great wonder among the natives--the sinking of a well. Before the well, John got his water from a hot spring, which was so hot it took days for the water to cool down.

Hi,

Does "the sinking of a well" in the above mean "a well was formed because a small piece of land sank?" If not, how should I interpret it? Thanks.

By the way, if I want to make sure the bolded part in the above is true or exaggerative/exaggerated, which word fits here, exaggerative or exaggerated? Thanks again.
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When you "sink a well" you drill or dig a hole hoping to find water (in this case) but it could be any liquid or gas normally found in the ground (oil, natural gas, whatever).
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AngliholicBy the way, if I want to make sure the bolded part in the above is true or exaggerative/exaggerated, which word fits here, exaggerative or exaggerated?

There is a word exaggerative, but it's not very common. It would be more usual to say it's exaggerated or it's an exaggeration.

Regardless of which word you use, I'm not very sure what you mean by "want to make sure the bolded part in the above is true or exaggerative/exaggerated". Perhaps you mean you want to ask/tell/find out whether it's true or exaggerated?
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Thanks, RayH.

I got it for the first question.

What about the second question? Should I use "exaggerative" or "exaggerated" and why?

--By the way, if I want to make sure the bolded part in the above is true or exaggerative/exaggerated, which word fits here, exaggerative or exaggerated? Thanks again.
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