Grammatica

it v N to-inf

it v N to-inf

The noun follows introductory it and a verb, and is followed by a to-infinitive clause. The noun may be preceded by a determiner such as some, a phrase such as a lot of, or an adjective such as great.
itverb group Nounto-infinitive clause
Ittakes nerveto be that single-minded.
Ittookconsiderableskillto do this.
The verb is usually take, but need and require occasionally also have this pattern.
Most nouns with this pattern refer to qualities needed to do something. This is a productive use: other nouns referring to qualities occasionally have this pattern.
It will take courage to take on so tough a job.
It took all of her energy to lift it, while Chiku watched, uncomprehending.
  • balls
  • bravery
  • confidence
  • courage
  • dedication
  • effort
  • energy
  • experience
  • faith
  • guts
  • imagination
  • nerve
  • patience
  • skill
  • strength
  • Nouns with other meaningsProductive use

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