1. The secular story that The LOTR is, could never be a religious story.
2. The secular story that is The LOTR, could never be a religious story.

What is the difference between the restricted clauses italicized above.
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In the first sentence, the grammatical subject is "The LOTR," and the noun phrase "secular story" is the subject complement. In the second sentence, the roles of the two noun phrases are reversed: "secular story" is the grammatical subject, and "The LOTR" is the subject complement.

Note: neither sentence should have a comma separating the grammatical subject and the verb.

Marilyn Martin

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