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    Red face Need help with interpretation

    "A small garden sprinkled over with a scattered eruption of sickly plants separated each of these houses from the street, and was traversed by a narrow pathway, yellowish in colour, and consisting apparently of a mixture of clay and of gravel."
    Does this sentence mean each house has it's own garden or every house is in the same garden? Is this a certain type of sentence structure?

    "A vulgar flaring paper adorned the walls, but it was blotched in places with mildew, and here and there great strips had become detached and hung down, exposing the yellow plaster beneath. Opposite the door was a showy fireplace, surmounted by a mantelpiece of imitation white marble."
    Does the "it" in the sentence after "but" refer to the wall or the vulgar flaring paper?

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    Re: Need help with interpretation

    Quote Originally Posted by WuJiEn View Post
    "A small garden sprinkled over with a scattered eruption of sickly plants separated each of these houses from the street, and was traversed by a narrow pathway, yellowish in colour, and consisting apparently of a mixture of clay and of gravel."
    Does this sentence mean each house has it's own garden or every house is in the same garden? Is this a certain type of sentence structure?

    "A vulgar flaring paper adorned the walls, but it was blotched in places with mildew, and here and there great strips had become detached and hung down, exposing the yellow plaster beneath. Opposite the door was a showy fireplace, surmounted by a mantelpiece of imitation white marble."
    Does the "it" in the sentence after "but" refer to the wall or the vulgar flaring paper?
    Welcome to the forum.

    Please provide the source (the author and the title) when you post quotes.

    The first means each house has its (note no apostrophe for the possessive) own garden.

    "It" can only refer to the "vulgar flaring paper". The word used was "walls" so "it" would have been inappropriate - it would have been "they were blotched".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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