Grammar Patterns

v it det N to-inf

v it det N to-inf

The noun is preceded by a verb, it, and a determiner, and is followed by a to-infinitive clause.
 verb groupitdeterminerNounto-infinitive clause
Imadeitmymissionto track him down.
Iconsideritaprivilegeto have been there.
The verb is either make, or a verb indicating that someone has a particular opinion, usually consider, feel, find, or think. Call, count, and deem occasionally have this pattern.This pattern is productive: many nouns have it occasionally, but only a few have it frequently.
He'll make it his business to find out about you.
They have strict laws that make it a crime to reveal information about someone who has an account in a Panamanian bank.
The regime has made it a priority to build roads, schools and clinics in rural areas, where its support is strong.
The nouns that most frequently have this pattern with make are:
  • business
  • crime
  • felony
  • goal
  • habit
  • job
  • mission
  • offence
  • pleasure
  • policy
  • practice
  • priority
  • rule
  • My father was part of a generation of young men who felt it their duty to fight for the freedom of their land.
    Many families now find it a struggle to provide the security and stability children need.
    The nouns that most frequently have this pattern with opinion verbs are:
  • challenge
  • duty
  • privilege
  • struggle
  • See related content

    NEW from Collins!
    NEW from Collins!
    English Word Lists
    English Word Lists
    Latest Word Submissions
    Latest Word Submissions
    Easy Learning English Grammar
    Easy Learning English Grammar
    COBUILD Grammar Patterns
    COBUILD Grammar Patterns
    Word Lover's Blog
    Word Lover's Blog
    Online Scrabble Checker
    Online Scrabble Checker
    The Paul Noble Method
    The Paul Noble Method
    Create an account and sign in to access this FREE content
    Register now or login in to access