Grammar Patterns

Introductory it as Object

1.2 V it when/if

The verb is followed by it and a clause beginning with when or if.
Most of the verbs with this pattern indicate how a situation or possible situation makes someone feel or react.
'You can't bear it if I know things that you don't,' she said.
I couldn't believe it when she said I should do something about my appearance and wear more make-up.
She couldn't handle it when I told her the truth, but did she expect me to lie?
'I really hate it when you cry like that,' Oliver said.
How would you like it if your ninety-year-old self came walking through the door?
I'd just love it if everyone would stop getting their kicks from pushing me around.
Frankly, we'd prefer it if you could find an adequate excuse to leave the country for the time being.
He was so easy and friendly I didn't resent it when he asked me straight out the purpose of my trip.
I can't stand it when you play the magician and try to mind-read.
In the case of appreciate, there is a passive pattern it be V-ed when/if, where it is the Subject of the clause.
It would be appreciated if those who can, would stay on here for another night or so.
  • accept
  • adore
  • appreciate
  • (cannot) bear
  • (cannot) believe
  • dislike
  • (cannot) endure
  • enjoy
  • handle
  • hate
  • like
  • loathe
  • love
  • (not) mind
  • prefer
  • regret
  • resent
  • (cannot) stand
  • (cannot) take
  • understand
  • welcome
  • There is one other verb with this pattern.
    I can't help it if you think I'm odd.
  • (cannot) help
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