Grammar Patterns

Introductory it as Subject

2.2 it V to n to-inf

The verb is followed by a prepositional phrase beginning with to, and a to-infinitive clause. The prepositional phrase always indicates a human being. The prepositional phrase is the prepositional Object.
itVerb grouptonoun groupto-infinitive clause
SubjectVerbprepositional ObjectClause
Itappealstobankersto keep supporting a strong pound.
Ithadn't occurredtometo bring my passport.
There are only three verbs with this pattern.
It fell to Malcolm to care for her, but he had less and less time.
It occurred to me to wonder how other animals that live in highly-organised societies, like human beings, cope with their diseases.
  • appeal
  • fall
  • occur
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