It made my brain hurt. And then I realized it is not terrible english... And I'm happy that I can read it at all, considering how much my brain is bouncing between languages these days.
End result, I feel smart!
Why is it dat here and not die? Is the default always dit and dat (for singular) when the demonstratives aren't dependent and what they are replacing is unknown? Is it the same for het and hij when meaning it (with het being the default/the formal subject)?