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    facing from the original

    What is the following in red saying? And what does "the original" refer to?

    London Bridge was sold as a tourist attraction to a US property developer for 1.6 million pounds in 1968. Despite popular myth, it is apparently not true that the buyer thought he was getting Tower Bridge. It is hard to evaluate whether this price was a good deal for the buyer---it turned out he had to build his own bridge anyway and could use only the marble stone facing from the original---

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    Re: facing from the original

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    The "facing" is the outside surface of the structure. So the buyer had to build a new bridge and then apply the marble surface from the original.

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    Re: facing from the original

    The "facing" is the outside surface of the structure. So the buyer had to build a new bridge and then apply the marble surface from the original.[/QUOTE]

    Thank you for the answer.
    Then the "facing" is a noun. I thought it was a present participle.
    And I'm still confused about "from the original". Does it mean "from the start?" It doesn't seem so.
    Or does it refer to "original London Bridge"? It sounds strange, too. Confusing.

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    Re: facing from the original

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    The "facing" is the outside surface of the structure. So the buyer had to build a new bridge and then apply the marble surface from the original.
    Thank you for the answer.
    Then the "facing" is a noun. I thought it was a present participle.
    And I'm still confused about "from the original". Does it mean "from the start?" It doesn't seem so.
    Or does it refer to "original London Bridge"? It sounds strange, too. Confusing.
    Yes, from the original London Bridge.
    Last edited by 5jj; 29-Jan-2014 at 14:23. Reason: formatting

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    Re: facing from the original

    Thank you for the help.

    So is it saying "the buyer built a new bridge in somewhere else (maybe not in London) and removed the marble surface from the original London Bridge and applied it to his new bridge?"

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    Re: facing from the original

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    Thank you for the help.

    So is it saying "the buyer built a new bridge in somewhere else (maybe not in London) and removed the marble surface from the original London Bridge and applied it to his new bridge?"
    Yes! That is exactly what happened. I'm sure you will enjoy learning more about this bridge.

    Cheers,
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