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Many [suns / moons] ago, it took an [age / aging] to send someone a message. Today, we have the Internet. We can [instance / instantly] send someone on the other side of the world a message [using / uses] email. One message that arrived earlier this week was not so [instantly / instant] . A letter was mailed from the English city [in / of] Bath in 1916. It then got lost [in / on] the post. It was finally delivered 107 years later to an address in London. The Royal Mail [postal / posting] service in the UK said it was "uncertain what happened". A spokesperson said she was [delightful / delighted] the letter finally arrived, but had no idea why it was more [than / over] a century late. She said it may have fallen behind a piece of furniture.

Before the Internet, people wrote letters [in / on] paper. They then put these letters in an [enveloped / envelope] . The sender then bought a stamp from a post office and [struck / stuck] it on the envelope. They then put it in a mail box in the street. A [postal / postage] worker would collect the envelope and the letter would begin [the / its] journey. It usually took a few days to reach its [arrival / destination] , if the address was in the same country. It could take [weeks / weekly] if the address was overseas. It sailed on a ship and was called "sea mail". [Latter / Later] , airplanes transported mail and we used "air mail". However, there was a [slight / sight] problem with the letter that arrived 107 years late. The person to whom it was addressed was no longer living. He [passed / passaged] away in 1951.

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