Grammatica

N to-inf

v-link adj N to-inf

The noun is preceded by a link verb and an adjective. The meaning depends on the adjective. This pattern is productive: any noun with a fairly general meaning can be used with this pattern.
It was a hard decision to make.
It's a good habit to get into.
It's an easy mistake to make.
That's a very difficult question to answer.
Apart from this, she was a wonderful person to work with.
Do you think this country is a better place to live in than it was 10 years ago?
It's a high price to pay for peace of mind.
It was a beautiful sight to see.
It's a huge step to take.
That was a stupid thing to do.
That's an awful thing to say.
Note that the to-infinitive clause after place very often does not end with the preposition in, although it is logically expected.
It was a great place to work.
Note that nouns such as time and moment also have this pattern.
Now is a good time to buy a classic car.
  • decision
  • habit
  • mistake
  • moment
  • person
  • place
  • price
  • question
  • sight
  • step
  • thing
  • time
  • In the case of thing, the to-infinitive may be happen, in which case the understood Subject of the to-infinitive is the same as the Subject of the link verb.
    It was a terrible thing to happen.
    Note that there is one noun, fool, which is followed by an ordinary to-infinitive clause, which may have an Object. The understood Subject of the to-infinitive is the same as the Subject of the link verb. Idiot occasionally has this pattern too.
    You'd be a fool to miss it.

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