Grammar Patterns

Introductory it as Subject

6.3 it V adj wh

The verb is followed by an adjective group and a wh-clause. The adjective group is the Complement.
itVerb groupadjective groupwh-clause
SubjectVerbComplementClause
Itis notclearwho will get the money.
Itremainsuncertainhow many snipers were involved.
These verbs are concerned with what a situation or question is, seems, or becomes. All the verbs in this group are link verbs (see Chapter 5).
It appeared unclear whether the council would do much for the rebels beyond expressing outrage.
In the end the government did raise taxes as it became clear how much money needed to be spent in the East.
  • appear
  • be
  • become
  • remain
  • seem
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