Something (we don't know what) was to be told by Gaskin. "Was to be told" is passive voice.
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Can someone explain to me the construction of this sentence? I can't fully understand it. It's from a book. This is my very first post; I hope I won't break any rule :)
If this can be of any help, the language is quite condensed because this section of the book is written in the form of a journal.
Is "it was to be told" connected to "extraordinary to relate? Could someone paraphrase this sentence for me? Thank you!
Extraordinary to relate, when I came downstairs at 10 a.m., it was to be told, by an imperturbable Gaskin,that the Palace had telephoned.
Gaskin told him that the palace had called.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Thanks, now I ca't understand this "Extraordinary to relate"... Are the two things connected?
Can it be rewritten as 'It is extraordinary to relate that when I...'?
I am not a teacher.
Yes, that's what it means. The style is down to the writer.