Grammar Patterns

it v-link ADJ for n to-inf

The 'easy' and 'dangerous' group

These adjectives indicate that an action or situation is easy or difficult, dangerous or safe. Usually the person or group involved is indicated by the noun group following for. For example, in It would be dangerous for him to come back, the person who would be in danger is indicated by him. Sometimes, the person or group involved is not indicated in the pattern. For example, in If it would be dangerous for the train to start, use the emergency handle, it is the passengers on the train who would be in danger.
I did not reply. It was difficult for me to get my breath.
It was not easy for Bessie to come to terms with Laura's closeness to Janis.
Is it really safe for women to go everywhere on their own?
  • awkward
  • dangerous
  • difficult
  • easy
  • hard
  • risky
  • safe
  • simple
  • tough
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