Grammar Patterns

Introductory it as Subject

2.4 it V to n as if, it V to n as though, it V to n like

The verb is followed by a prepositional phrase beginning with to, and a clause beginning with as if, as though, or like. The prepositional phrase is the prepositional Object.
itVerb grouptonoun groupas if/as though/like-clause
SubjectVerbprepositional ObjectClause
Itfelttomelike the war was coming closer and closer.
Itlookedtomeas if this gun had been used close up.
Itsoundstomeas though you've tried your best.
All the verbs with this pattern are concerned with what something seems or feels like to someone. These verbs are also found without the prepositional phrase, in the pattern it V as if. All the verbs in this group are link verbs (see Chapter 5).
You have many skills and capabilities. All in all it seems to me as though you could be very useful to us.
  • appear
  • feel
  • look
  • seem
  • sound
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