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Reply to "-ing form with preparatory it"

Hussein Hassan posted:

A. Objective/emotional adjectives

B. Subjective/rational adjectives


I think you've mixed them up. I'd say:

A. objective/rational adjectives
B. subjective/emotional adjectives

Group A adjectives are more formal, while group B adjectives are more informal and thus allow for this pattern you mentioned in your initial post:

'it' can be used as a preparatory subject or object for an -ing form, especially in informal style. We often use it with adjectives.

I don't think you will find a definition of group A and group B adjectives in a book, but I'm sure you can see the difference between:

A. It was important to see her. (NOT seeing her)
B. It was nice to see/seeing her.

While "important" defines or describes what it was like to see her, "nice" expresses what the speaker feels (or felt) after (or when) seeing her.

Last edited by Gustavo, Contributor