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    at or Chernobyl

    "It was set up because of the tragedy that was Chernobyl."

    Should there be at Chernobyl?

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    Re: at or Chernobyl

    The rather grandiloquent form of words 'the X that was/is Y' is quite common in a certain kind of journalism. It gives the sentence an aura of "poeticness" by allowing the writer to introduce a value-judgement and then assign something to it - e.g 'the minefield that is married life'.



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