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    '... about getting woken up to a person he thought he had just awakened himself'

    Recently I read a novel by Michael Connelly, and though I'm in only the beginning part of book, it already makes me challenged. Anyway, here's the context.

    "OK, Harry, get out there and see what's what, then call me and let me know. Just wake me up. Everybody else does."
    Bosch thought it was just like a supervisor to complain about getting woken up to a person he thought he had just awakened himself.


    I'm still perplexed by the structure of the part '... getting woken... he had just awakened himself.' My question is:
    1) Can you tell me what the part does mean? I'm still confused if the pronoun 'he' means 'Bosch' or 'a supervisor'.
    2) Is it grammatically correct? All I can understand is there are three clauses like this (Bosch thought it was just like a supervisor to complain about getting woken up to a person/ he thought / he had just awakened himself). But I don't know the way how these clauses are connected.
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    #2

    Re: '... about getting woken up to a person he thought he had just awakened himself'

    Both instances of he, and also himself, refer to the supervisor.
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    Re: '... about getting woken up to a person he thought he had just awakened himself'

    Thank you GoesStation. One more question is , then, how can two clauses - a supervisor to complain about getting woken up to a person and he thought he had just awakened himself - be connected without any conjunction like 'because'?


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    Re: '... about getting woken up to a person he thought he had just awakened himself'

    There is an understood relative pronoun after 'person'.

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    Re: '... about getting woken up to a person he thought he had just awakened himself'

    Piscean, any example of the relative pronoun that you are talking about. I guess that only the pronoun 'that' might work between 'person' and 'he'. From my knowledge of the usage of the pronoun 'that', however, it does not seem clear to me. Let me take some examples.

    The arrow that has left the bow never returns. -> The arrow has left the bow. And the arrow never returns.
    We bought a chainsaw that we cut all the wood up with. -> We bought a chainsaw. And we cut all the wood up with the chainsaw.

    And if I apply the same rule and my comprehension is like this: a supervisor to complain about getting woken up to a person(who is a person other than the supervisor) that he(the supervisor) thought he(the supervisor) had just awakened himself.(the supervisor)
    I don't simply get the meaning. Where am I wrong?

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    There is an understood relative pronoun after 'person'.

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    Re: '... about getting woken up to a person he thought he had just awakened himself'

    Bosch thought that it was just like a supervisor to complain about getting woken up to a person who(m) he thought that he had just awakened himself.


    Bosch thought that it was just like a supervisor (A) to complain
    about getting woken up
    to a person (B)
    who(m) he (A) thought that he (A) had just woken up.

    The relative pronoun that can be used instead ofwho(m)in BrE. The underlined thats (conjunctions) can also be omitted.

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    Re: '... about getting woken up to a person he thought he had just awakened himself'

    Thank you Piscean. Now I get it!

    Bosch thought that it was just like a supervisor(A) to complain about getting woken up to a person(B). And he(A) thought that he(A) had just awakened himself(A) to the person(B).

    I break it down to the two sentences and with the omitted bold texts, it gets clear to me.

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