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    Hi everyone, I am a newcomer.

    Recently I came across a sentence like this:

    The bridge is in the sun setting west.

    I feel uncomfortable with that sentence, but I can't tell what is wrong . Can anyone help?

    thanks a lot

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    What's wrong is that it doesn't make sense. You can have all of your nouns, verbs, etc. in the right places, but they have to convey a meaning.

    You can say, "The cow is in the barn chewing hay."

    How can a bridge be in the sun?

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    Thank you very much for your quick reply.

    I also think that it's illogical,but someone else argued that usage such as "buildings in the setting sun" is common in English. Trying google, I did find such usage. Hence I am confused...

    Would you please further explain this to me?

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    Buildings in the setting sun is a noun phrase, and can be used as a single noun. The bridge is in the sun is an independent clause that can function as its own sentence. Try this:

    The bridge in the setting sun to the west stood in stark contrast to the wilderness and storm in the east.

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    I suppose 'sun-setting' may be meant to be understood as a newly invented adjective; if so, I think it's a lousy invention, which would be best forgotten.

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