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    Much to the sadness of his students

    I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct.

    Much to the sadness of his students, the old professor had to retire because of ill health.

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    Re: Much to the sadness of his students

    It's fine.

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    Re: Much to the sadness of his students

    It would be more natural to say Much to his students' distress.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Much to the sadness of his students

    Doctor Sowell quit writing his weekly column, and it made me sad, not distressed.

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    Re: Much to the sadness of his students

    I'm not a lover of 'Much to the sadness of his students...'

    I might say 'Much to the disappointment ...'

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    Re: Much to the sadness of his students

    Or "Much to the dismay of his students, ..."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Much to the sadness of his students

    Use dismay if the students are alarmed, upset, or agitated. Use disappointment if they're simply sad.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Much to the sadness of his students

    You could use his students were saddened....

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