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    She have me a look and disappeared.

    Hello!

    Recently I stumbled upon a grammar pattern I can't find anywhere a reference to.

    In the book by John Fowles - The Magus, there are two sentences that I can't explain the grammar of, eg:

    "He have me one last doubtful look, and disappeared"
    In above sentence, as my instinct tells me,the word "have" is used as a past participle of some verb (heave?) to mean : "cast (in past tense) a look" or "threw a look", but I couldn't find the confirmation of my thinking anywhere.

    I also think it might be a misspelled version of "he gave me one last doubtful look, and disappeared" but a few pages back there's a similar sentence: "She have me a dry backwards look."

    I searched the internet and it gave me a few results of this word pattern, but in dictionaries there is no explanation of this interesting pattern.

    I'd be grateful for elaborating on this.

    best regards

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    #2

    Re: She have me a look and disappeared.

    It's a typo. It should be "gave".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: She have me a look and disappeared.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's a typo. It should be "gave".
    Thank you for sorting it out for me.

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    Re: She have me a look and disappeared.

    Is it a recent edition? A few errors of this type are appearing in modern versions, just as they do in online publications, because we rely more on spellchecks and suchlike rather than human proofreaders. The fact that the same error occurs twice suggests to me that it is the result of scanning text.

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    Re: She have me a look and disappeared.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Is it a recent edition? A few errors of this type are appearing in modern versions, just as they do in online publications, because we rely more on spellchecks and suchlike rather than human proofreaders. The fact that the same error occurs twice suggests to me that it is the result of scanning text.
    I've got Vintage Classics paberback issued in 2007 but checked a couple of ebooks with typo being present.
    The audiobook, read by Nicholas Boulton however, is without errors in these sentences.

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    Re: She have me a look and disappeared.

    It's probably a scanning error- different sources may use the same scanned text. The ebooks are probably using the same paperback. Errors are creeping in to paper texts because they're not checked as thoroughly by humans as they used to be. The audiobook has a human between the error and the product.

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