What does pre-med need with history?

The sentence in question is referring to a pre-med student. Isn't that sentence confusing? I mean, I get the meaning. But isn't there a better way to structure it?

Something like:

  1. Why does a pre-med need history?
  2. What does a pre-med do with history?

Ps. I got the sentence from a dialogue from the movie A Man From Earth.


This is a colloquialism.

"What do you need with X?" means "What need do you have for X?"

  • Hmmm... So this sentence means basically What need does a pre-med have for history? Nov 3 '17 at 14:26
  • Yes, that is what the sentence means. You original sentence lacks an article, BTW. "What does a pre-med need with history?" Nov 3 '17 at 14:27
  • Compare: books.google.com/… Nov 3 '17 at 14:28

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