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    This Monday, in what has turned......

    This Monday,
    in
    what has turned into a ritual denial of the event, Chinese authorities rounded up hundreds of activists in Beijing before they could gather to mark the occasion.

    Does the preposition in refer to This Monday in this context?

    P.S. The layout of my post changes automatically once I post it.It is because I have copied and pasted it here.So, please forgive me for this poor layout.
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    Re: This Monday, in what has turned......

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post


    Does the preposition in refer to This Monday in this context?


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    I am 99.99% sure that the answer is NO.

    "In what has turned into a ritual denial of the event" is, IMHO, a parenthetical remark "thrown" into the sentence by

    the writer. Maybe some books might call it a prepositional phrase being used in an absolute way. That is, it has no

    grammatical connection to the basic sentence.

    The basic sentence is:

    This Monday, Chinese authorities rounded up hundreds of activists in Beijing before they could gather to mark the occasion.

    "This Monday" modifies the whole sentence, or it modifies the verb "rounded up." It depends on what book you wish to

    believe.

    *****

    Perhaps I can more clearly bring out these ideas if I wrote that sentence like this:

    This Monday (in what has turned into a ritual denial of the event) Chinese authorities ....

    This Monday, Chinese authorities -- in what has turned into a ritual denial of the event -- rounded up ....


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Re: This Monday, in what has turned......

    You can add the extra .09%.

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    Re: This Monday, in what has turned......

    That would come to 100.08%

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