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    Default use of relative

    My sentence I want to submit reads as follows:

    The city looks very different today, that is Monday.

    I'm not sure it is idiomatic so I'd like to ask you about it.
    Thanks!
    Andrea

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    Default Re: use of relative

    Quote Originally Posted by licinio View Post
    My sentence I want to submit reads as follows:

    The city looks very different today, that is Monday.

    I'm not sure it is idiomatic so I'd like to ask you about it.
    Thanks!
    Andrea
    No, it's not. It's not clear what you want to say.

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    Default Re: use of relative

    Ok, the idea is: today being Monday, the city look different. I'll stick to this one or equivalent ones if you can suggest some. Thanks.

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    Default Re: use of relative

    'The city looks very different today (Monday).'

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    Default Re: use of relative

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Today being Monday, the city looks different.
    The city looks different, today being Monday.
    Being Monday, today the city looks different.
    Could you please tell me why "is" can't be used instead of "being" like this "Today is Monday, the city looks different"?
    Thank you so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Could you please tell me why "is" can't be used instead of "being" like this "Today is Monday, the city looks different"?
    Thank you so much!
    "Today is Monday, the city looks different" This is fine.

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    Default Re: use of relative

    'Today is Monday; the city looks different.'

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    Default Re: use of relative

    Quote Originally Posted by licinio View Post
    My sentence I want to submit reads as follows:

    The city looks very different today, that is Monday.

    I'm not sure it is idiomatic so I'd like to ask you about it.
    Thanks!
    Andrea

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    (1) As all the other posters have suggested, a relative pronoun

    ("that") is not appropriate in your sentence.

    (2) I am not sure what meaning you wish to express.

    Are you saying that after every weekend, the city seems to appear

    different to the eyes?

    If so, then maybe something like:

    The city always seems different on Mondays.


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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    Default Re: use of relative

    If, for some reason () you are saying 'Cities always look different on Mondays, therefore - today being Monday - the city looks different', then you could say

    'The city looks different today - a Monday'.

    But if you just want to say 'The city looks different today. 'And by the way, it's Monday - that's what I mean by "today"', then a simple parenthesis will do.

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    Default Re: use of relative

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    If, for some reason () you are saying 'Cities always look different on Mondays, therefore - today being Monday - the city looks different', then you could say

    'The city looks different today - a Monday'.

    But if you just want to say 'The city looks different today. 'And by the way, it's Monday - that's what I mean by "today"', then a simple parenthesis will do.

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    The meaning is the one of your first suggestion. The reason why I used a personal pronoun is that I tried to combine "Today is Monday" + "Today the city looks very different" into one sentence. Adding "a Monday" after today seems to convey exactly what I meand. Thanks.

    PS by the way, this is the link to the whole article where this sentence appears in the very opening paragraph.
    Last edited by licinio; 31-May-2011 at 17:22.

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