When Mr. and Mrs. Dursley woke up on the dull, gray Tuesday our story starts, there was nothing about the cloudy sky outside to suggest that strange and mysterious things would soon be happening all over the country. (Harry Potter)

I’m wondering if ‘our story starts’ needs to be changed, from a grammatical aspect, into ‘when our story starts from.’ Would you let me know what am I thinking wrongly?

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  1. A story starts on a day, not from it.

    (But it would run from a starting time to an ending time.)

  2. Accordingly you want Tuesday on which our story starts. But on which may be replaced by when; and in such cases when is in effect a WH- relative pronoun, not a relative adverb.

    Consequently, it may (like who or whom or which) be omitted (indicated below by the sign Ø)

....the dull, gray Tuesday Ø / when / on which our story starts ...


Our story starts is a relative clause, but the relative pronoun is omitted. The reader has to insert on which (or when).

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