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I found the following sentence on a movie that I've watched recently. I would really appreciate it if someone could let me know what is the meaning of the "he who" in the following sentence.


Maleficent thought of how Stefan cast away his ring, he who had so little in the world, so that their hands might touch again, and her heart was moved.

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I found the following sentence on a movie that I've watched recently. I would really appreciate it if someone could let me know what is the meaning of the "he who" in the following sentence.


Maleficent thought of how Stefan cast away his ring, he who had so little in the world, so that their hands might touch again, and her heart was moved.

It's an uncommon and literary kind of wording. It provides information about Stefan.

Yo can write in these ways.

eg Maleficent thought of how Stefan cast away his ring, he who had so little in the world, so that their hands might touch again, and her heart was moved.

eg Maleficent thought of how Stefan cast away his ring, Stefan who had so little in the world, so that their hands might touch again, and her heart was moved.

eg Maleficent thought of how Stefan, who had so little in the world, cast away his ring, so that their hands might touch again, and her heart was moved.

Clive

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dileepaMaleficent thought of how Stefan cast away his ring, he who had so little in the world, so that their hands might touch again, and her heart was moved.

Maleficent thought of how Stefan cast away his ring. This part is just an ordinary, common sentence.

The following noun phrase, set off by commas, is a phrase in apposition.

, he who had so little in the world,

You can read about apposition here: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/grammar/british-grammar/apposition

Pronouns refer to nouns, so "he" is used instead of "Stefan". This is the usual use of pronouns. The name could have been repeated, and often is.

Maleficent thought of how Stefan cast away his ring, Stefan, who had so little in the world, so that their hands might touch again, and her heart was moved.

The defining relative clause "who had so little in the world" modifies "he". It identifies which "he" we are talking about.

Note that if the name is used, "Stefan", the clause become non-defining and an extra comma is added.


Nouns (or noun phrases) in apposition can be removed from a sentence and it still will be grammatical.

Maleficent thought of how Stefan cast away his ring, so that their hands might touch again, and her heart was moved.

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Thank you very much for the answer. In fact this is the first time that I've ever read such a type of sentence. Therefore, could you please let me know if there is a name for this construction. In addition, please give me a website to read about this more if available.

could you please let me know if there is a name for this construction. In addition, please give me a website to read about this more if available.

Sorry, I can't. I know what is good English, but I'm not really interested in grammar names. Someone else may be able to help you.

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