Grammatica

Introductory it as Object

Verbs with other meanings

There are three other verbs with this pattern.
Rumour has it that Britain's universities are jam-packed full of bright ideas struggling to escape from those ivory towers.
You have a reputation for extreme discretion. Can I take it that what I am going to reveal will remain strictly between the two of us?
One of the verbs is a phrasal verb. Its pattern is V it P that.
Then she undermined him, destroyed his confidence in his own talent, put it about that he was unreliable, a troublemaker.
In the case of put about, there is a passive pattern it be V-ed P that, where it is the Subject of the clause.
The reaction of the authorities was swift. He was packed off to India, and it was put about that he was suffering from 'a touch of the sun'.
  • have
  • take
  • put about
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