Introductory it as Object

4.2 V it n to-inf

The verb is followed by it, a noun group and a to-infinitive clause.
Most of the verbs with this pattern are concerned with how someone evaluates or judges a situation.
Drivers still consider it a challenge to negotiate the long, desolate stretches of road with few services.
I deemed it a great honor to be granted an interview with him.
I sometimes find it a strain to be responsible for the mortgage and household bills each month.
The passive pattern is it be V-ed n to-inf, where it is the Subject of the clause.
It used to be considered a snub to leave work before the most senior person.
  • consider
  • count
  • deem
  • feel
  • find
  • reckon
  • think
  • There is one other verb with this pattern, make. This verb has no equivalent passive pattern.
    He has always made it his business to know about these things.
    The classroom discussion was lively, with the instructor making it a point to call on different students instead of waiting for them to respond.
  • make
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