it v-link det N -ing
Nouns with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:The 'pleasure' groupThe 'pain' groupNouns with other meanings
it v-link det N -ingThe noun follows introductory it, a link verb (usually be), and the determiner a (or sometimes no), and is followed by an '-ing' clause.
|it||link verb||determiner||Noun||-ing clause|
|It||'s||a||pleasure||talking to you.|
|It||was||a||real||problem||holding him back.|