To find her so distressed


Senior Member
To find her so distressed took him by surprise.

I rewrite the sentence below by using "it". Is it correct?

It is so distressed to find her that she took him by surprise.
  • grassy

    Senior Member
    Maybe these paraphrases will help you understand the sentence better:

    The fact that she was so distressed took him by surprise.
    Finding her so disressed took him by surprise.


    Senior Member
    English - United States
    It is her to be so distressed for taking him by surprise.

    Now, is this correct?

    Hi LeoBritish,

    If you want to start the sentence with it, then the equivalent of your original sentence would be:

    It took him by surprise to find her so distressed.

    is a placeholder here for the delayed subject of the sentence, "to find her so distressed." It's the same kind of sentence as the following: It is fun to visit Disneyworld.