It as a preparatory object
It is sometimes used as a preparatory object. This happens when the object of a verb is an infinitive expression or a clause with an adjective or noun complement.
Subject + verb + it + complement + infinitive/clause
- I consider it a privilege to have this opportunity of welcoming you.
- We think it odd that you never visit us these days.
- We deem it a privilege to have you here with us.
- I think it a pity that you could not attend the party.
- I find it difficult to talk to you.
- He made it clear what he wanted.
Note that this structure is not normally used when there is no adjective or noun complement after the verb.
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