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    Default this...that structure

    Hi,

    Is the following sentence correct? I find it difficult to understand because of the ‘this…that’ structure. Is there any other way of writing this sentence in a succinct manner?

    ‘I view this as a positive sign that industry fundamentals continue to remain attractive across the whole nation.’

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    Default Re: this...that structure

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post

    ‘I view this as a positive sign that industry fundamentals continue to remain attractive across the whole nation.’
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    Industry fundamentals continue to remain attractive across the whole nation. I think, it is positive.

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    Default Re: this...that structure

    To understand this sentence, replace the direct object pronoun "this" with a noun.

    To understand "that," try to answer how it is a positive sign.

    I view this (the economy) as a positive sign. (What kind of sign and How is it positive?) that industry fundamentals continue to remain attractive across the whole nation.’

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    Default Re: this...that structure

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Is the following sentence correct? I find it difficult to understand because of the ‘this…that’ structure. Is there any other way of writing this sentence in a succinct manner?

    ‘I view this as a positive sign that industry fundamentals continue to remain attractive across the whole nation.’

    Thanks,

    MG.
    The "that" that is mentioned in that sentence has nothing to do with being the "opposite" of this.
    The red that is an adjective, the opposite of this.
    The blue that is a relative pronoun, which doesn't change.
    Try to think of them as different words.
    "This is the one that I wanted", then makes sense.

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