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Today I've been reading a book and I came across this: "As he walked across the room, his eyes fell I upon the little table on which Marvolo Gaunt’s ring had rested last I time, but the ring was no longer there."

Is it just a mistake and I needs to be removed or is it some construction? (British English)

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is based on a typographical error.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Mar 17, 2017 at 8:14
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    @Mari-LouA, possible. But I believe his doubt was genuine in order to know if such a construction does exist in English, in other words, wrt English grammar
    – user1995
    Mar 17, 2017 at 8:36
  • This second I is incorrect also: the little table on which Marvolo Gaunt’s ring had rested last I time. Is this an official version of the book?
    – dangph
    Mar 17, 2017 at 8:39
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    @user1993 I'm sorry, but even if this were a question based on grammar, and not on a single typographical episode, the question would still be off topic. The OP (original poster) has not shown a shred of research. In addition, the grammar is very basic for a site that claims to be for experts, etymologists, and linguists. EDIT: another misplaced pronoun, either the OP is misreading something, or he is reading a bootleg copy :)
    – Mari-Lou A
    Mar 17, 2017 at 8:40

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Yes, the 'I' in the sentence you mention is possibly a printing mistake. The correct edition reads -

As he walked across the room, his eyes fell upon the little table on which Marvolo Gaunt's ring had rested last time, but the ring was no longer there

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 13- THE SECRET RIDDLE

I am pretty sure a construction like 'fell [subject] upon' does not exist in English

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    I'm glad you discovered the source. Given that it's a Harry Potter story, I'm going to assume that the sentence is not about a guy with poorly fitting ocular prosthetics.
    – fixer1234
    Mar 17, 2017 at 9:57

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