Grammatica

it v-link det N to-inf

it v-link det N to-inf

The noun follows introductory it, a link verb (usually be), and the determiner a (or sometimes no), and is followed by a to-infinitive clause.
itlink verbdeterminer Nounto-infinitive clause
Itwasa delightto see him again.
Itseemsagreatpityto disappoint him.
Itwasan effortto breathe.
Nouns with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'relief' groupThe 'shock' groupThe 'shame' groupThe 'crime' groupThe 'struggle' groupThe 'fallacy' groupNouns with other meanings

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