Owehn wrote:meat.paste wrote:gmalivuk wrote:meat.paste wrote:Why did you bring me the book that I told you I did not want to be read to out of up for?
If I'm parsing that correctly, shouldn't it be, "What did you bring the book that I told you I did not want to be read to out of up for?"
Or would some of you say, "Why did you do that for?" And where does the "me" come from in the original version?
It's a quote from 1986-87 that has been kicking around in my memory, so I could be wrong about the pronoun. However, as I interpret the sentence, the book was brought upstairs by someone. The book then was given to me. I did not ask for the book. "Why did you bring me the book?" makes more sense than "What did you bring me the book?" Basically, parse out the clause that begins with "that." So sayeth my English-eth
Check gmalivuk's colored text: "What" is paired with "for", so it's saying "What did you [do that] for?"
I see the ambiguity now. I assumed the word 'that' is being used as an introduction to a subjunctive clause. As such, it could be re-worded to say, "Why did you bring me the book, which I told you I did not want to be read to out of, up for?" This makes it clear that it should be "What did you bring the book [clause] up for?" Gmalivuk is correct. I see why ending sentences with prepositions if frowned upon.