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This is a comment I saw in a forum. Is it a typo, or does it actually mean something?

Что не день, то приключение!

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It is a real sentence, but the poster incorrectly used "не" where they should have used "ни". The correct form of the sentence is:

Что ни день, то приключение!

which means:

Not a day passes without some adventure!

"Что ни день" means "every day" but is more literally translated as "any given day" or "any passing day".

  • How interesting, Lila, thank you so much :) – CocoPop Dec 31 '16 at 12:57
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Here's a good description of this structure—

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  • VCN250, that's a great explanation! Thank you. I'm curious, where did you find that? – CocoPop Jan 3 '17 at 14:29
  • It's from a grammar preparing students to the second level Russian Proficiency Test. Well, it's just a collection of grammar tips etc, but to be honest this little book solved a hell of a lot of problems for me—виды, краткие прилагательные и тд )) here's what the series is called—Learning and Training Tests in Russian as a Foreign Language. Volume 1. Grammar. Vocabulary.pdf – VCH250 Jan 3 '17 at 21:04
  • The grammar tips are in the back of this book. —And by the way))—translate.academic.ru/что%20ни%20то/ru/en – VCH250 Jan 3 '17 at 21:08
  • Thank you indeed, I'll see if I can find it. And thank you for the link! – CocoPop Jan 4 '17 at 2:17

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