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    #1

    who's the subject?

    Hi, I'm translating a text and in this sentence it seems unclear to me who's doing what:

    Luc had seen him twice at school just yesterday, passed him walking between classes.

    Is it Luc who passed between the classes seeing this guy?
    Or is it the guy who passed between the classes?

    And also; "passed between classes"; does it mean that the person is passing the (class) doors in the hallway, or does it mean that the person is walking past groups (classes) of people?

    I appreciate all replies -

    toril

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    Re: who's the subject?

    Quote Originally Posted by toril View Post
    Hi, I'm translating a text and in this sentence it seems unclear to me who's doing what:

    Luc had seen him twice at school just yesterday, passed him walking between classes.

    Is it Luc who passed between the classes seeing this guy?
    Or is it the guy who passed between the classes?

    And also; "passed between classes"; does it mean that the person is passing the (class) doors in the hallway, or does it mean that the person is walking past groups (classes) of people?

    I appreciate all replies -

    toril

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    Hello, Toril:

    (1) You said you would appreciate all replies, so ...

    (2) First, I may be (and probably am) wrong, but I feel that the

    original English sentence is incorrect. I feel that it should

    read something like:




    Luc had seen him twice at school just yesterday, having passed him

    while walking between classes.




    (3) My interpretation:

    (a) Luc was walking from, say, English class to math class.

    (b) While Luc was doing that, Luc passed him.

    (I do not know the gender of Luc, so I didn't use any pronouns.)


    James

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    Re: who's the subject?

    Thanks, James, I appreciate your reply.

    The text is from a published book; Pyres by Derek Nikitas.
    It seems that he has a way of writing that is not always grammatically correct. I guess it's his style...

    Thanks again!

    Toril

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