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    Default finds the adolescent unprepared to meet it

    This "finds the adolescent unprepared to meet it"'s subject is not a person but a thing. Is this kind of expression normal or literate? Why does a subject of a thing accompany "find" and what does it mean?

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    ex)Youth is a time of conflict...since the adolescent at one and the same time needs both a feeling of security and an opportunity for self-expression and self-determination. Too much and too suddenly gained liberty finds the adolescent unprepared to meet it; then he may become prey to undesirable influences...
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    Default Re: finds the adolescent unprepared to meet it

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    This "finds the adolescent unprepared to meet it"'s subject is not a person but a thing. Is this kind of expression normal or literate? Why is a subject of a thing accompany "find" and what does it mean?

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    ex)Youth is a time of conflict...since the adolescent at one and the same time needs both a feeling of security and an opportunity for self-expression and self-determination. Too much and too suddenly gained liberty finds the adolescent unprepared to meet it; then he may become prey to undesirable influences...
    It's neither normal nor literate IMO.

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    Default Re: finds the adolescent unprepared to meet it

    Can you explain further for my question?

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    Default Re: finds the adolescent unprepared to meet it

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Can you explain further for my question?
    "Too much and too suddenly gained liberty finds the adolescent unprepared to meet it; then he may become prey to undesirable influences..."
    In my opinion it is poorly written, the idea is poorly expressed. Where did you find it?

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    Default Re: finds the adolescent unprepared to meet it

    From an entrace exam material. I don't know its original source.

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    Default Re: finds the adolescent unprepared to meet it

    It seems to me rather old-fashioned and the word order is unusual but I don't have too much of a problem with it.

    Adolescents sometimes find themselves with a lot of liberty very suddenly and, in many cases, they are not sufficiently prepared to deal with it.

    "The adolescent" is used to represent all adolescents.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: finds the adolescent unprepared to meet it

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It seems to me rather old-fashioned [...]but I don't have too much of a problem with it.
    Hmmm... What does that tell us?
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: finds the adolescent unprepared to meet it

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It seems to me rather old-fashioned and the word order is unusual but I don't have too much of a problem with it.

    Adolescents sometimes find themselves with a lot of liberty very suddenly and, in many cases, they are not sufficiently prepared to deal with it.

    "The adolescent" is used to represent all adolescents.
    Your rewrite is fine, the original is hopeless.

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    Default Re: finds the adolescent unprepared to meet it

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Your rewrite is fine, the original is hopeless.
    I don't agree.

    2002 found me in Jinzhou.
    My 65th birthday found me unprepared to give up work.

    I don't think I'd say/write such words, but I not infrequently read similar things.

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