Linguistic Observations

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last posted Nov. 22, 2016, 2:48 a.m.

In this card zdsmith writes:

I just stumbled into a real linguistic oddity. Take the sentence: 'The customer walked away expecting the technician to do [X]'.

I just wrote '... enumerating what the customer walks away actually expecting the technicians to do.'

What the customer walks away? What is going on here that I can make an indirect question out of that present participle but end up making it the object of 'walks'?

But I don't really see what is odd about it.

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