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    marked by a dry river

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    Below it, the broad lowland marked by a dry river donga lay in shadow, while the early sky gathered
    reflected light.

    What does "marked by" mean in the sentence above?

    Does it simply mean that there is a dry river donga in the lowland, or does it mean that the lowland is surrounded by a dry river donga?

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    Re: marked by a dry river

    Quote Originally Posted by KLPNO View Post
    Hello everyone,

    Below it, the broad lowland marked by a dry river donga lay in shadow, while the early sky gathered
    reflected light.

    What does "marked by" mean in the sentence above?

    Does it simply mean that there is a dry river donga in the lowland, or does it mean that the lowland is surrounded by a dry river donga?

    Thank you.
    Would it make more sense to you if written this way -

    Below it, the broad lowland marked by a dry river, Donga lay in shadow, while the early sky gathered
    reflected light.

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    Re: marked by a dry river

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Would it make more sense to you if written this way -

    Below it, the broad lowland marked by a dry river, Donga lay in shadow, while the early sky gathered
    reflected light.
    Yes, with your punctuation the sentence makes more sense to me, thank you, but I've to admit the meaning of "marked by a dry river" is still unclear to me.

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    Re: marked by a dry river

    From a distance, if you trace the path of where the river once was (the dry river), you could easily see Donga. The path of the old river showed/marked/pointed to/made it easy to see.
    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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