Under which circumstances is it proper English to say, e.g.

I find this book [adjective].

A common example seems to be

I find this book difficult to read.

From my native language I am inclined to generalize the above construction, and use "to find" in the sense of "to regard"/"to consider"

I find this book difficult, entertaining, and too sophisticated.

It is not evident to me whether the above sentence represents proper English. For example, the phrase "I find this entertaining" returns too many hits as too debunk it as wrong immediately.

Can somebody clarify the usage of "to find" with adjectives?


It is correct usage. Oxford Dictionary, definition 2.1:

Discover or experience to be the case:


I found the lecture boring. I find superhero movies silly.

I find this construction more appropriate for written English than spoken. (Ha!)

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  • I didn't know Oxford Dictionary yet. Extra point! ;-) – shuhalo Aug 27 '16 at 21:02
  • I hope you find it useful. – HemiPoweredDrone Aug 27 '16 at 23:50
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    Yes, and: I find this book boring… I regard this book as boring… I consider this book to be boring… – Robbie Goodwin Sep 4 '16 at 18:07

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