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?
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...
Last edited by keannu; 04-Sep-2012 at 10:11.
Can you explain further for my question?
From an entrace exam material. I don't know its original source.
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.
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.