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I came up with these two phrases:

There isn't a mall in the same city as this bakery.

and

There's no "Louis" barber in the mall belonging to same city as this bakery.

With the first one I would like to say that, in a certain city, there is a bakery (at least one) but no mall (at all).

With the second one I'm trying to say that in a certain city there is a bakery (at least one) and that in the same city there's also a mall (only one). And that in this mall there's no barber advertised as "Louis".

I can't avoid to feel that they are somewhat awkward. The second one feels especially awkward.

Do you think they could be rearranged to feel more natural?

  • It sounds like you are attempting to answer a question. It would be helpful to know, or the larger context in which you are saying these phrases. – mathewb Nov 10 '17 at 21:31
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The first sentence

There isn't a mall in the same city as this bakery.

could be better phrased as

The bakery is in a city that has no mall.


The second awkward sentence

There's no "Louis" barber in the mall belonging to same city as this bakery.

could be

The bakery is in a city that does not have a "Louis" barber in the mall.

  • Your versions are much better, thanks. I thought I'd wait about a day before accepting an answer. – Karl S. Nov 11 '17 at 0:05

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