01. Studies of so-called [primitive] tribes in South America have found they generally have a very sophisticated social system.
02. The [primitive] tribes of the area were quickly overpowered by the European armies.
03. The people of that region had only a [primitive] writing system, and passed on their history orally.
04. All people have a [primitive] instinct to flee or fight in the face of danger.
05. [Primitive] man painted beautiful murals on the walls of some caves in Lascaux, France.
06. While working in the hospitals in the war-torn area, our conditions were very [primitive], but many lives were saved nonetheless.
07. Someone once suggested that the game of football brings out [primitive] instincts that go back thousands of years.
08. [Primitive] creatures living on our planet have been able to adapt and live in radical habitats including glaciers, ocean hot springs, and volcanic craters.
09. [Primitive] accounting methods may have led to the development of writing, mathematics and related fields.
10. Judith Viorst once said, "Superstition is foolish, childish, [primitive] and irrational - but how much does it cost you to knock on wood?".
11. John W. Gardner once said that twenty years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today, and wonder that we could have tolerated anything so [primitive].
12. The predominance of animal representations in the cave art of [primitive] man is a reflection of the importance of hunting to their culture.
13. Anthropologists believe stones were one of man's first calculating devices, aiding in addition and subtraction throughout [primitive] times.
14. Many impoverished families in Mozambique live in [primitive] huts, and own few possessions.
15. Previously considered by some observers to be a [primitive] practice, the voodoo religion is actually highly structured, with a complicated set of rules.
16. The dark, [primitive] huts that were once common for rural laborers in Bolivia are fast becoming a thing of the past.
17. [Primitive] people believed that a sneeze signified approaching death.
18. Despite its high economic growth rate, Laos remains a country with a [primitive] infrastructure; it has no railroads, a simple road system, and limited external and internal telecommunications.
19. The [primitive] earth on which life originated was a very different environment from what is found on our planet today.
20. The scientific knowledge base is so [primitive] that it is impossible for scientists to determine the current rate of global warming.
21. In geological terms, Mercury and our moon are considered to be [primitive] bodies, so their surfaces have not yet experienced changes from atmospheric processes.
22. Evidence suggests that some [primitive] birds lived at the same time as their dinosaur cousins.
23. It is believed that the [primitive] peoples who built Stonehenge used it to observe the sun and moon.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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