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“The reviewers said it was the work of a craftsman: that was all that was left me of what had been a passion.” I’m a little confused by the “left me of” structure in the second sentence. Could anyone help clarify? Thanks.

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The grouping "left me of" is not what you should consider. Instead consider "left me" as Hellion did, and separately consider "of"...

Of what had been a passion, all that was left me was that.

  • You are right, I didn’t separately consider “of”, how stupid, that’s why I got confused in the first place. Thank you! – Emma Zhou Mar 7 at 15:02
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Here, the "me" is an indirect object, as in "he left me a $1 tip" -> "he left a $1 tip for me." So, something had been a passion for someone, and they presumably created a lot of items as a result of the passion, but this particular "work of a craftsman" is the only thing that was left for "me".

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The reviewers said it was the work of a craftsman: that was all that was left me of what had been a passion.

the context and meaning are clear to me but i agree that this sounds very wrong. it seems to be a different way of expessing ...that was all that i had left from what had been a / (my former) passion

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