# where he qualified himself to teach

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#### azz

##### Senior Member
He went to the University of Moscow, where he qualified himself to teach Physics.

Can't the above sentence have two different meanings:
a. He was qualified to teach Phyiscs, but we don't know where he was going to teach it... Maybe he was qualified to teach Physics at high schools.

b. He was qualified to teach Physics at that very University. He was going to teach it there.

• #### bare footed bear

##### Member
In this context, 'where' is used to indicate a non-restrictive attributive clause, so b is correct and a is not correct.

#### Nunty

##### Senior Member
Welcoming bare footed bear to the forums , I'm afraid I disagree.

The phrase "where he qualified himself to teach physics" (although we usually would omit the word "himself") means that he obtained his qualification to teach physics at the University of Moscow. We do not know the terms of the qualification (where he could teach physics) from the sentence.

#### bare footed bear

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Welcoming bare footed bear to the forums , I'm afraid I disagree.

The phrase "where he qualified himself to teach physics" (although we usually would omit the word "himself") means that he obtained his qualification to teach physics at the University of Moscow. We do not know the terms of the qualification (where he could teach physics) from the sentence.
Thank you for correcting me. You are absolutely right.

#### se16teddy

##### Senior Member
I understand azz's sentence as Nunty did. I would add, though, that I have never before seen the verb qualify used reflexively. The verb qualify is normally used in one of these ways:
1) transitively with an inanimate subject: My studies in Moscow qualified me to teach Physics.
2) intransitively with a human subject: I qualified to teach Physics.

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#### timpeac

##### Senior Member
I understand azz's sentence as Nunty did. I would add, though, that I have never before seen the verb qualify used reflexively. The verb qualify is normally used in one of these ways:
1) transitively with an inanimate subject: My studies in Moscow qualified me to teach Physics.
2) intransitively with a human subject: I qualified to teach Physics.
Yes, indeed. "He qualified himself to teach physics" sounds like it's talking about something underhand - like he just printed out a certificate for himself and said "there I am now qualified to teach physics".

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