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    Quote Originally Posted by licinio View Post
    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.
    As a beginning of an article, or a stand-alone sentence, I'd have to call this wrong - meaningless, in fact. The city cannot look different unless it looked some other way before. And you've given no other indication of what Monday means as far as it being different. Different from what?
    I'm trying to find the paragraph or article before this one to see what I'm missing, and how it looked before.

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    I think the point may be that however the city looks it always looks worse when the person watching it has a week of work to look forward to. Of course, it is an unreasonable assumption, but it's nevertheless a common one. (I haven't followed the link, so this may be way off base.)

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    I was surprised to find that the sentence in the article seemed acceptable to me - Sighet looks very different today, ( which happens to be) a Monday. I read it in the sense that BobK suggested: 'Cities always look different on Mondays, therefore - today being 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
    This was the original post, the sentence is quite different to the one in the article, which made it's first appearance in post 11. I have no objection at all to the sentence in the article, it reads like it's following on from a paragraph about the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    This was the original post, the sentence is quite different to the one in the article, which made it's first appearance in post 11. I have no objection at all to the sentence in the article, it reads like it's following on from a paragraph about the weekend.
    Of course it is different. When you all told me "that is Monday" didn't sound right, I picked the suggestion I liked best and changed it!
    I noticed Fivedjejon brings up a relative clause again in brackets, which was originally my idea. Maybe my mistake was to choose the wrong relative ("that" for "which") and omit the indeterminative article in front of Monday.
    So, to go back to the original question, would this sentence be correct: "Sighet looks very different today, which is a Monday."?
    Thanks.
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    Last edited by licinio; 31-May-2011 at 18:37.

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