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I added a few more things on a listening comprehension I find it difficult to simplify.I hope you can help me.


1) The House of Lords represented the aristocracy and the Church of England, whereas the House of Commons represented the merchants and the landed gentry.
2) The latter refused to pay taxes to finance the government policy unless their needs/interests were taken into account.
3) The conflict between the two houses was also religious because the interests of the mercantile classes were better suited to Puritanism than to the position of the official Anglican Church. (I need to clarify this sentence).
4) The reasons for the Puritans’ appeal to the mercantile classes can be summoned up as follows. (I’d like to clarify this sentence, too).
5) First, Puritan austerity fitted in well with the life-style of the mercantile classes, which made work rather than pleasure their main occupation.
6) The Puritan insistence on predestination, according to which (?) to have God on one’s side meant success (being successful) in one’s business, had a strong influence on the mercantile classes.
7) Lastly, the Puritan belief in individual conscience as sufficient for individual salvation (I need to simplify this) lead to the belief in unrestricted individualism in commercial matters, which formed the basis of the Industrial Revolution in the second half of the 18th century.

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    You need to simplify these? Say the same ideas but in fewer words?

    1) The House of Lords represented the aristocracy and the Church of England, whereas the House of Commons represented merchants and landed gentry.

    2) The latter refused to pay taxes to finance the government policy unless their needs were taken into account.

    3) The mercantile classes were closer to Puritanism than to the position of the official Anglican Church; this produced the conflict between the two houses.

    4) The reasons for the Puritans’ appeal to the mercantile classes can be explained as follows:

    5) First, Puritan austerity fit in well with the lifestyle of the mercantile classes, for whom work rather than pleasure occupied most of their time.

    6) In addition, the Puritan insistence on predestination, according to which having God on one’s side meant success in one’s business, had a strong influence on the mercantile classes.

    7) Finally, the Puritan belief that individuals ultimately determine their own salvation led to the belief in unrestricted individualism in commercial matters. This fundamental belief formed the basis of the Industrial Revolution in the second half of the 18th century.

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    3) There/It was also a religious conflict, because the mercantile classes' interests were better suited to Puritanism than to that of tahe official Anmglican Church.
    This IS clear.

    6) The Puritan insistence on predestination, to have God on one's side, meant a successful business, thus having a strong influence on the mercantile classes.

    Lastly, the Puritan belief in individual conscience for salvation...
    Perhaps rather than "which formed" = forming?

    Sra
    4)

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