Grammar Patterns

Introductory it as Subject

5.2 it V n to-inf

The verb is followed by a noun group and a to-infinitive clause. The noun group is the Complement in group 1, and the Object in groups 2, 3, and 4.
itVerb groupnoun groupto-infinitive clause
SubjectVerbComplementClause
Itbecamepolicyto increase the number of magistrates.
Itseemeda pityto break up the peaceful scene.
itVerb groupnoun groupto-infinitive clause
SubjectVerbObjectClause
Itamusedhimto see her furious.
Ittakestimeto learn about finance.
Verbs with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'be' groupThe 'pain' and 'please' groupThe 'pay' groupVerbs with other meanings

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