typing away at a table beside him

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VicNicSor

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If you are at something such as a table, a door, or someone's side, you are next to it or them.
An assistant sat typing away at a table beside him...
(Collins)


Could you tell, if an assistant sat at a table, isn't it obvious that the table was beside him ? Why should this fact be mentioned?
Or is "he" someone else? (Not the assistant?)
 
  • JulianStuart

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    English (UK then US)
    If you are at something such as a table, a door, or someone's side, you are next to it or them.
    An assistant sat typing away at a table beside him...
    (Collins)


    Could you tell, if an assistant sat at a table, isn't it obvious that the table was beside him ? Why should this fact be mentioned?
    Or is "he" someone else? (Not the assistant?)
    In the example, I don't think "him" refers to the assistant.
     
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