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    "... intern ..."

    In Gossip Girl, Mrs Waldorf went home and asked Blair, her daughter, to be an intern in her office, but Blair turned it her down. Mrs Waldorf said, "I have a monster of a day". Then she went upstairs.

    Does "a monster of a day" mean a trying day with a lot of businesses work?

    Is it a very usual common expression?

    Thank you!
    Intern is commonly used word, and I would like to ask you about its exact meaning in the above text? Does it mean "The experience is considered payment in itself"?

    Yes, I worked in a construction company as a carpenter and when I asked them for a daily wage, they said, "We don’t offer you money/pay you but train you so that you can find a job in labor market". So I think that the term "intern" fits that situation.


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    Re: "... intern ..."

    There are paid internships and unpaid internships. You can't guess from the word itself. You have to ask.

    "A monster of a day" can mean that it was a very big day - full of good things or bad things. Based on the context, it seems to be a very bad day.

    There was a monster of a sale at the shoe store. -- A lot of things were on sale and the sale was big. Good thing.

    There was a monster of a car crash. -- There was a crash involving many cars. Bad, bad thing.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "... intern ..."

    But a person who comes in and goes straight to her room would say 'I['ve*] had a monster of a day].' 'I have a monster of a day' in that context would mean 'I have a very demanding day tomorrow [so I'm going to bed]'.

    * the ''ve' is required in Br English.

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