Grammar Patterns

it v n ADJ to-inf

it v n ADJ to-inf

The adjective group follows introductory it, a verb group, and a noun group, and is followed by a to-infinitive clause. The noun group following the verb indicates a person or group, the to-infinitive clause indicates a situation, and the adjective group indicates how someone reacts to that situation.Only the verb make commonly occurs in this pattern. Drive occasionally occurs, with a small number of adjectives. The most frequent verbs in the to-infinitive clause are hear, read, see, and think.
itverb groupnoun groupAdjective groupto-infinitive clause
Itmadememiserableto see what had taken place.
Adjectives with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'angry' groupThe 'sad' groupThe 'sick' and 'nervous' groupThe 'happy' groupAdjectives with other meanings

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