"From a young age we aren't taught to help others. Growing up we are taught to play it safe and avoid risk at all cost."

  1. Are the sentences correct? I'm not sure about 'from a young age' and 'growing up we are.'

  2. I know that any native or nan-native speaker would easily understand what this sentence mean. But does it sound natural?

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    Both expressions are common. You would require a comma after Growing up, and the more common phrase is at all costs in the plural. books.google.com/ngrams/… Commented Dec 4, 2020 at 20:46

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From a young age, we aren't taught to help others. Growing up, we are taught to avoid any risks.

The sentence beginnings are correct. There are a few commas, and the “play it safe” part is defined two times, so we lower it to one definition and that deletes the mentioned part.

  • It was an IELTS question. The question was whether humans have to be taught to to help others or are they naturally inclined to help others. Does it make sense now?
    – Ashraf
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 20:37

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