Grammar Patterns

it v n ADJ that

it v n ADJ that

The adjective group follows introductory it, a verb group, and a noun group, and is followed by a that-clause. The verb make occurs most commonly in this pattern. Drive occasionally occurs, with a small number of adjectives.
itverb groupnoun groupAdjective groupthat-clause
Itmakesmesadthat they don't get the chance.
Most adjectives with this pattern indicate that someone is angry or unhappy with a situation. Happy and proud indicate that someone is happy with a situation.
It makes me angry that there are louts out there who have nothing better to do with their time than to desecrate both public and private property.
Thank you for coming. It makes me happy that you respect his memory in this beautiful way.
It makes me sick that anybody should doubt my commitment.
Crazy, nuts and mad are used with the verb drive.
It's driving me barking mad that I can't remember who wrote it.
  • angry
  • crazy
  • furious
  • happy
  • mad
  • proud
  • resentful
  • sad
  • sick
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