Grammar Patterns

v it as det N to-inf

v it as det N to-inf

The noun is preceded by a verb, it, the preposition as, and a determiner (usually a possessive), and is followed by a to-infinitive clause.
 verb groupitasdeterminerNounto-infinitive clause
Iseeitasmyroleto rectify that imbalance.
The verb is usually see or regard.
Nouns with this pattern refer to a duty or task.
He saw it as his duty to safeguard the lives of the men under his command.
Bill regards it as his mission to maximise the enjoyment of drinking beer.
  • duty
  • job
  • mission
  • responsibility
  • right
  • role
  • task
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