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    The whole bizarre evening had an unreal quality to it.

    Hallo!

    Could you please explain the meaning of the following phrase:

    "The whole bizarre evening had an unreal quality to it"
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    #2

    Re: The whole bizarre evening had an unreal quality to it.

    It's a sentence — not a phrase — and it lacks a full stop (period).

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    #3

    Re: The whole bizarre evening had an unreal quality to it.

    Which words in that sentence do you not understand, having looked them all up in dictionaries?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The whole bizarre evening had an unreal quality to it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Elenichka View Post
    "The whole bizarre evening had an unreal quality to it"
    It's a very subjective statement; an opinion.

    The speaker thinks the evening was bizarre - odd, peculiar, extraordinary in a strange way. This carries a negative connotation; you understand the speaker probably did not like the evening. I say probably because some people might find "bizarre" to be to their liking.

    The speaker feels the evening in question felt unreal. Maybe everyone was in top hats and bow ties playing Twister. Maybe several people had outrageous mannerisms, yet the guests didn't react at all.

    But wait! "Unreal quality" changes this a little. Quality suggests that whatever it was the speaker found unreal, it was perhaps more subtle than obvious. Perhaps something sensed more than seen.

    We can't know the exact situation, we can only explain that the speaker found something about the evening to be odd, perhaps uncomfortably so, and the extent was sufficient for the speaker to describe the evening as bizarre; a rather extreme adjective.

    Did you follow that?

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    Re: The whole bizarre evening had an unreal quality to it.

    I understand all words. I don't understand this part "had an unreal quality to it"

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    Re: The whole bizarre evening had an unreal quality to it.

    ChinaDen, thank you, you explained the atmosphere very well. What does "an unreal quality to it" mean?

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    Re: The whole bizarre evening had an unreal quality to it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Elenichka View Post
    What does "an unreal quality to it" mean?
    It means the evening felt as if it was somewhat unreal; it felt strange, e.g., as if it was a dream.

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    Re: The whole bizarre evening had an unreal quality to it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Elenichka View Post
    ChinaDen, thank you, you explained the atmosphere very well. What does "an unreal quality to it" mean?
    I'll create a context, the demonstrate how I can use that sentence structure to explain to you what it was like at the time.

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    I'm at a racetrack watching motorcycles zoom by. Everyone is watching the leader of the race. Most of the time, we cannot see him directly, and we watch a monitor which changes cameras to track him along hidden parts of the track. Everyone is very excited; it is a great race, with a the rider in second place very close to the leader.

    We are watching the leader and the guy in second place going around a corner. There will be a blind spot without any camera coverage, but a few moments later, they will appear in our direct view at the far end of the start/finish straight.

    The two front riders disappear from the last camera. All eyes turn to look towards the far end of the straight, waiting in anticipation for these two riders to burst into view.

    And we wait, but too much time goes by, and we really start to get tense. We should have seen them by now, but we cannot. Someone shouts that they can see a cloud of dust.

    I can feel everyone's fear like a palpable presence; we all think there has been an accident. Someone is hurt, maybe dead!

    Suddenly, one rider comes into view, and quickly flashes past us. It is the guy who had been in second place. Several seconds later, the former leader comes into view, and as he passes us, we see damage on the side of his bike, but he seems to be otherwise okay.

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    You missed that race, so you come over to my house later to ask about it. We soon get to the incident I've just described.

    Elenichka: Did you see the accident? What happened?
    ChinaDan: No, there aren't any cameras covering that corner; no one around me saw what happened.
    E: What was the mood of the crowd?
    C: Well, the whole battle between first and second had been going on for many laps. It was really exciting. But when they disappeared from view for so long, everyone started to think there had been an accident. The whole tense event had a real quality of fear to it. You could really feel it!

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    How's that?

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    #9

    Re: The whole bizarre evening had an unreal quality to it.

    Maybe the speaker meant something like surreal?

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