It is adjective for object to infinitive

It is adjective for object to infinitive

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Point 100 in the category of Modality with adjectives in the English Grammar Profile is this structure in the heading.

The iWeb and NOW corpora do not allow for such a general search for
it is _j for _p to _v?i*

so here are the smaller results from the COCA corpus:

1 IT IS HARD FOR ME TO IMAGINE 20
2 IT IS HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE 19

3 IT IS HARD FOR ME TO SEE 17
4 IT IS BETTER FOR YOU TO ENTER 11

5 IT IS GOOD FOR US TO BE 11
6 IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ME TO GO 11
7 IT IS HARD FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND 10
8 IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNOW 9
9 IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO IMAGINE 8
10 IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO UNDERSTAND 8
11 IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO BELIEVE 7
12 IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO SAY 7
13 IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO SEE 7

14 IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO KNOW 6
15 IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO REALIZE 6
16 IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND 6
17 IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO BE 6
18 IT IS RIGHT FOR ME TO FEEL 6
19 IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO ACCEPT 5
20 IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND 5

With this narrowing down we can move to test: for the adjectives: “hard, better, good, important, difficult, right” and the infinitives “imagine, believe, see, enter, be, go, understand, know, say, realize, feel, accept” in the iWeb corpus:

It is hard… etc.

1 IT IS HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE 167
2 IT IS HARD FOR ME TO IMAGINE 108
3 IT IS HARD FOR ME TO SEE 86
4 IT IS HARD FOR ME TO SAY 77
5 IT IS HARD FOR ME TO GET 75
6 IT IS HARD FOR ME TO FIND 69
7 IT IS HARD FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND 68
8 IT IS HARD FOR ME TO TELL 55
9 IT IS HARD FOR ME TO BE 44
10 IT IS HARD FOR US TO IMAGINE 42

better

1 IT IS BETTER FOR ME TO DIE 57

2 IT IS BETTER FOR YOU TO ENTER 44
3 IT IS BETTER FOR THEE TO ENTER 31
4 IT IS BETTER FOR THEM TO BE 28
5 IT IS BETTER FOR YOU TO BE 25

good

1 IT IS GOOD FOR US TO BE 89
2 IT IS GOOD FOR ME TO BE 27
3 IT IS GOOD FOR US TO HAVE 23
4 IT IS GOOD FOR ME TO DRAW 22
5 IT IS GOOD FOR YOU TO KNOW 18

important

1 IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNOW 555

(this is clearly the most common)

2 IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND 372
3 IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO BE 287
4 IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO HAVE 163
5 IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE 156
6 IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO KNOW 143
7 IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO UNDERSTAND 133
8 IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO BE 113
9 IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO HAVE 101
10 IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO GET 99

difficult

1 IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO SEE 46
2 IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND 45
3 IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO SAY 43
4 IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO FIND 32
5 IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO IMAGINE 30

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