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    Baudelaire made his readers aware of the city in all its ugliness and excitement, its variety, its violence and the alienation it gives rise to in sensitive souls.

    Is this sentence correct grammatically? I am very puzzled about the two nouns: 'alienation' and 'it'. In fact, I do not understand the highlighted part of this sentence.


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    Re: Is this sentence wierd?

    Baudelaire is saying that sensitive people can be alienated by [become unhappy with or dissatisfied by] the conflicting nature of cities.

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    Re: Is this sentence wierd?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Baudelaire is saying that sensitive people can be alienated by [become unhappy with or dissatisfied by] the conflicting nature of cities.

    I see but shouldn't I use instead of the personal pronoun "it" the word "that" or "which"?

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    Re: Is this sentence weird?

    I would not change it. If you have doubts about what it being referred to, it would be worth going back to the French original to find out what Baudelaire said.

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    Re: Is this sentence weird?

    I've come back again. Could you tell me what does this personal pronoun, it, refer to? Does It refer to alienation?

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