Grammar Patterns

Introductory it as Subject

6.2 it V adj to-inf

The verb is followed by an adjective group and a to-infinitive clause. The adjective group is the Complement.
itVerb groupadjective groupto-infinitive clause
SubjectVerbComplementClause
Itfeelsgoodto have finished a piece of work.
Itwould lookpretty sillyto turn the proposal down.
These verbs are concerned with what an action is, seems, or becomes. All the verbs in this group are link verbs (see Chapter 5).
It appears reasonable to assume that most hostel tenants would prefer single to shared rooms.
It has proven difficult to infiltrate small terrorist cells, which often are held together by family relationships.
  • appear
  • be
  • become
  • feel
  • look
  • prove
  • remain
  • seem
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