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'It was to him' that Bronn turned with a cursory salute.

This is from "A Game of Thrones".

What does It was to him that... mean?

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    It's an answer to the unspoken question "To whom was it that Bronn turned?" – Marv Mills Dec 28 '15 at 9:39
  • Bronn turned to him with a cursory salute. – user140086 Dec 28 '15 at 9:46
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It is a cleft sentence formed from "Bronn turned to him with a cursory salute".

  • Promoting 'him' (and the less usual sentence structure) emphasises [the referent of] 'him' (rather than Bronn / the action). – Edwin Ashworth Dec 28 '15 at 11:28

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