Introductory it as Object
Pattern group 3: V it as n/adj clauseThere are three patterns in this group, each consisting of the verb, it, a prepositional phrase which consists of as and a noun group or an adjective group, and a type of clause:
3.1 V it as n/adj thatHe regards it as significant that the Government is suggesting cuts.
3.2 V it as n/adj to-infThey accept it as their responsibility to educate the public.
3.3 V it as n/adj when/ifHe would take it as an insult if I left.