Grammar Patterns

9 Clause as Complement

9 Clause as Complement

The verb be can be followed by a variety of clauses which identify the Subject. The Subject indicates something abstract such as a problem or an aim. This structure is often used to focus on a fact or situation.
These patterns are V -ing, V to-inf, V that, V wh, and V wh-to-inf. The verbs become and remain also occasionally have these patterns.
The biggest problem was getting them close enough to the wall.
Our broad aim is to raise people's visual awareness and appreciation of life.
The important thing is that the book comes out.
The question is whether or not it is cost effective.
The problem is where to start looking.
The most pressing question for Mr Brooke remains how to find a formula that will satisfy all parties and allow the talking to begin.
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