Where Else and What Else?
Posted by Neal on September 20, 2005
The teaser for the 11:00 news last night talked about a suspect arrested in a local homicide case. It said:
We’ve got information on where else and what else he’s wanted for.
What else he’s wanted for, fine. Where else he’s wanted for, no. Looking past the non-parallel surface structure, what they must mean is, “Where else he’s wanted, and what else he’s wanted for.”
In more general terms, the coordination goes
[A and B] C D,
but actually means,
[A C] and [B C D],
instead of the strictly parallel
[A C D] and [B C D].
In this case, A = where else, B = what else, C = he’s wanted, and D = for. I’ll add this one to the list.