Grammatica

v it det N to-inf

v it det N to-inf

The noun is preceded by a verb, it, and a determiner, and is followed by a to-infinitive clause.
 verb groupitdeterminerNounto-infinitive clause
Imadeitmymissionto track him down.
Iconsideritaprivilegeto have been there.
The verb is either make, or a verb indicating that someone has a particular opinion, usually consider, feel, find, or think. Call, count, and deem occasionally have this pattern.This pattern is productive: many nouns have it occasionally, but only a few have it frequently.
He'll make it his business to find out about you.
They have strict laws that make it a crime to reveal information about someone who has an account in a Panamanian bank.
The regime has made it a priority to build roads, schools and clinics in rural areas, where its support is strong.
The nouns that most frequently have this pattern with make are:
  • business
  • crime
  • felony
  • goal
  • habit
  • job
  • mission
  • offence
  • pleasure
  • policy
  • practice
  • priority
  • rule
  • My father was part of a generation of young men who felt it their duty to fight for the freedom of their land.
    Many families now find it a struggle to provide the security and stability children need.
    The nouns that most frequently have this pattern with opinion verbs are:
  • challenge
  • duty
  • privilege
  • struggle
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