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    I feel weird about this city.

    Is this correct and natural?

    I feel weird about this city. Everything is old in this city. The buildings, the cars, the everything. It's as if this place is completely untouched by time.

    I'm specifically concerned about the last sentence.

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    Re: I feel weird about this city.

    You don't use the with everything.

    The place is stuck in a time warp.
    The place has stood still over time.
    Time has stood still at the place.
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    Re: I feel weird about this city.

    This city makes me feel weird?

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    Re: I feel weird about this city.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    This city makes me feel weird?
    Good suggestion. Is this okay?

    This city makes me feel weird. Everything is old in this city. The buildings, the cars, the everything. It's as if this place is completely untouched by time.

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    Re: I feel weird about this city.

    In sentence 2, I'd replace "in this city" with a single word. I don't like the proximity of "This city" and "in this city" (sentences 1 and 2). As tedmc already told you, "the everything" doesn't work. The definite article is fine before "buildings" and "cars" but after that, you should use just "everything".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I feel weird about this city.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In sentence 2, I'd replace "in this city" with a single word. I don't like the proximity of "This city" and "in this city" (sentences 1 and 2). As tedmc already told you, "the everything" doesn't work. The definite article is fine before "buildings" and "cars" but after that, you should use just "everything".
    Is this okay?

    This city makes me feel weird. Everything is old here. The buildings, the cars, everything. It's as if the city is completely untouched by time.

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    Re: I feel weird about this city.

    Everything is old in this city: the buildings, the cars, absolutely everything.

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    Re: I feel weird about this city.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Everything is old in this city: the buildings, the cars, absolutely everything.
    I'd still use "here" instead of "in this city", given that "this city" appears just a few words earlier, in sentence 1.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I feel weird about this city.

    You're right- I was only looking at the sentence, not the text.

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    Re: I feel weird about this city.

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Is this correct and natural?

    I feel weird about this city. Everything is old in this city. The buildings, the cars, the everything. It's as if it's completely untouched by time.

    I'm specifically concerned about the last sentence.
    There!
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