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Many people around the world stay at home and do not want to go [in / out] . They cut themselves off from the world [outside / inside] . They are recluses – people who do not want to meet [another / other] people. The government in South Korea has thought of [the / an] idea to encourage these people to "re-enter society". It will [paid / pay] young people $500 a month to leave their home. The [monthly / month] payment will be for [lonely / lovely] lonely aged nine to 24 years old who come from [poorer / poorly] families. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said it wants to [help / helping] younger people. It said it wants young people to go out. This will [support / supports] their "psychological and emotional stability, and healthy [growth / grown] ".

There are many [reasons / reason] for people not wanting to leave the house. The number of recluses has gone [ups / up] because of the pandemic. Korea says about 3.1 per cent [of / off] young Koreans are reclusive. They "have noticeable [difficulty / difficult] in living a normal life". The government said children [shut / open] themselves off from society [to / for] many reasons. These include [bullying / bully] , exam stress, family problems, bad parenting and technology and social media. It said the $500-a-month payment will help [them / these] young people. This means they could be [less / lots] likely to have mental problems. They will also be healthier. Korea has an ageing society. It needs young people to work [so / such] they can help old people.

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