But "Today I am sad" isn't proper English :) If you break the SVOMPT rule there must be a comma "Today, I'm sad" but it's better not to break the rule.* There are similar cases in the German course. However they allow to use to proper English word order instead of the German word order.
- The easiest way to piss of my former neurotic English teacher (British native speaker) was to break the SVOMPT rule :) Believe me, I had really hard time to internalize this rule as it feels quite unnatural to me.
We removed "gloomy" from the hints. I get that the meaning is similar here, but "smutny" is such a basic word and "gloomy" isn't. I'd say it's more like "ponury".
P.S. This hint is relatively similar, but in general the hints are not created for a specific course, so it is possible that the 2nd and 3rd hints won't work at all for the given sentence. They may easily have a meaning which doesn't suit the context at all.